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DC Health Exchange Authority a Finalist in Technology Competition

The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority has been named for a second time as a finalist for Amazon Web Services’ Best Practices award.

According to Amazon, the award will be given to a local or regional government leader, or public or private school or district that has deployed an innovative solution to solve a government challenge.

The exchange was named a 2016 winner of the Best Practices Award in the large-city category.

“We are honored to be recognized by Amazon Web Services,” said Mila Kofman, the exchange’s executive director. “Leveraging the cloud and utilizing agile, open source technology enabled us to partner with the Massachusetts Health Connector for Business, allowing us to continue investing and adding new features to benefit our small business and individual private health insurance customers while cutting our costs.”

The exchange used its small-business health insurance marketplace IT solution to replace an older, more expensive solution for the Massachusetts Health Connector for Business, a state-based marketplace.

In 2015, the exchange moved to a cloud-based, open-source software using agile development and is now saving approximately $1.8 million annually by switching to AWS from a traditional data center.

In February 2017, the exchange paired with the Massachusetts Health Connector for Business for the first and sonly state-based marketplace partnership in the nation. The exchange, which deployed its small-business marketplace IT solution in August 2017, provides operational and IT support to the Massachusetts Health Connector for Business.

The partnership allowed the exchange and the Massachusetts Health Connector for Business to share IT and operational costs for the online health insurance marketplace for small businesses, saving both millions of dollars.

The award winners will be announced June 20-21 during the AWS Public Sector Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C.

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