ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland has received a $27 million federal grant to fund the state’s health benefit exchange.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday.

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The exchange will be an online marketplace where Marylanders can compare rates, benefits and quality among health insurance plans to help them find one that best suits their needs.

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The administration says Maryland was one of 16 states to be awarded an exchange establishment grant. So far, Maryland has received $34.4 million from the federal health department to plan and build the exchange. That includes a $6 million grant given to six states leading the way on reform implementation.

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