Minnesota selects Maximus to develop health insurance exchange

Minnesota is developing a health insurance exchange that includes a consumer-friendly website that will let residents determine their eligibility for subsidized benefits as well as shop, compare and enroll in insurance plans.

Minnesota awarded Maximus, a provider of government services, a $41 million contract to lead a team of specialized technology companies in designing and developing the health insurance exchange, state officials said. The companies will also provide major technology improvements to Minnesota’s Medicaid systems to streamline eligibility determinations and enhance customer service.

Maximus will manage the project, serve as the client liaison, document all business requirements, oversee integration testing and develop an array of reports for the exchange, company officials said.

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The Minnesota health insurance exchange development will include the deployment of StateAdvantage, a complete health insurance exchange solution developed through an alliance between Connecture Inc. and Maximus. Other subcontractors include IBM utilizing its Curam solution for healthcare reform and EngagePoint, formerly known as Consumer Health Technologies.

“This contract is a significant milestone in the design and development of a Minnesota health insurance exchange,” said Mike Rothman, Minnesota’s Commerce Commissioner.

“We can now move forward on developing the technology backbone of the exchange, a user-friendly tool that will help more than 1.2 million Minnesotans choose the quality coverage they need at a price they can afford,” he said.

The contract is expected to run through March 2014.

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Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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