State of Maryland Selects Unissant’s Team to Manage Their Health Benefits Exchange Program
Reston, Virginia, January 16th, 2012 – Following a competitive bid process against both regional and national IT vendors, Unissant Inc. teamed with Mansha Consulting LLC (“Unissant’s Team”) has been selected by the State of Maryland to provide Project Management Office (PMO) services to the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (“Exchange”).
Signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) requires states to begin operating a Health Insurance Exchange by January 1, 2014, or to allow the federal government to operate an exchange on their behalf. In legislation adopted April 12, 2011, the State of Maryland established its own exchange. The Exchange will provide Maryland residents and small businesses with the opportunity to compare health plans based on rates, benefits, and quality and to enroll in the product that best suits their needs. It also will be the entity that evaluates eligibility for Medicaid, advance premium tax credits, and other affordability programs designed to make coverage more affordable for individuals below 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL).
Our team in partnership with the Exchange, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the Department of Human Resources (DHR), the Department of Information Technology (DOIT) and the Governor’s Office, will build upon the progress that has already been made to help the Exchange manage the implementation of health care reform.
The services being provided for the Exchange highlights the team’s capabilities for providing and enhancing healthcare programs across state and federal mandates.
According to Manish Malhotra, President and CEO of Unissant, “Various states have started activities around the President’s Affordable Care Act. We are very proud to be part of the team providing services to the Exchange that provides affordable health benefits to thousands of residents in the State of Maryland. This initiative places the State of Maryland in a leadership role for implementing an exchange and leveraging emerging technologies for successful program deployment.”