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ALISSA GULIN
The Daily Record

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland hadn’t had a health insurance co-op for 20 years. Then Dr. Peter Beilenson came along.

Although Beilenson — who has held a number of prominent health positions — describes himself as a staunch advocate for a single-payer health care system, he said he felt compelled to start an insurance company that broke the mold.

So, using federal funds allocated by the Affordable Care Act, he founded Evergreen Health Cooperative, which debuted this past October for open enrollment on Maryland’s glitch-ridden health exchange.

The Evergreen model is based partly on the Healthy Howard Health Plan, which launched in 2008 as an experiment to provide primary care to Howard County’s uninsured population. Beilenson, as the county’s health officer, was instrumental in crafting that program.

Beilenson recently sat down for a wide-ranging interview about health care in Maryland and the nation, changes within the insurance industry and how the flawed exchange nearly derailed his vision for Evergreen.

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