The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (“MHBE”), an independent unit of State government, provides accessible, affordable health coverage to Marylanders. MHBE is responsible for the Maryland Health Connection (MHC), the State’s health insurance marketplace under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-148) as amended, including by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law No. 111-152), and all regulations promulgated thereunder (the “ACA”).
The MHC’s underlying mission critical information technology (IT) systems and applications are collectively referred as the HBX System (“HBX” or “System”). The HBX has two major web application components, namely, the Consumer Portal (CP) that the consumers access to seek health insurance coverage, and the Worker Portal (WP) that supports approximately 1,800 social and health exchange workers, producers and navigators to provide various services to the consumers. The HBX also has a mobile application: Enroll MHC Mobile App for iOS and Android platforms. The HBX has processed over 4.5 million health insurance enrollment transactions since November, 2014.
The HBX System is built on an open-source driven Java EE architecture. The applications are developed in Java 8 and use Angular JS, HTML, Struts, Spring and Hibernate to deliver multiple web applications and the RESTful API for mobile platform. The application runtimes are hosted on JBoss Enterprise Platform and Apache Tomcat servers. EDB PostgreSQL is the database platform used for transactional database operations, while the System relies on MongoDB as its NoSQL document based database repository for Enterprise Content Management (ECM). Informatica ETL facilitates file based data interchange with external systems such as carriers (834 EDI) and other partner agencies. JBoss Fuse hosts the service integration layer (ESB) in the System that provides web services based integration for real-time data exchange with Federal partners via Federal Data Services Hub (FDSH) and for intra-system integration between the components in the HBX ecosystem.