About 1,500 enroll in health care through state website this week

Number buying health plans on Maryland exchange tops 4,600

November 01, 2013|By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun

The number of consumers buying health insurance on Maryland's online marketplace for the uninsured climbed by about 1,500 to 4,651 as of Friday, according to weekly statistics released by the Maryland Health Connection.

Officials say the prime contractor, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, has dedicated more resources to the website, which has been experiencing technical difficulties since its launch Oct. 1. However, users still report some difficulties creating accounts needed to browse available plans and other error messages.

Officials already have moved more than 82,400 low-income adults in a state program into a newly expanded Medicaid program, which will begin Jan. 1. Coverage for consumers who buy policies by Dec. 15 will also begin Jan. 1. There are 800,000 people without insurance in the state.

The website where consumers can purchase coverage, many with federal subsidies, has logged more than 366,000 unique visitors, and more than 46,000 have created accounts. About 32,400 of those have found out if they qualify for subsidies. More than 44,800 have dialed into a call center for help.

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