State health exchange numbers tick up

A day after state health officials gave lawmakers modest estimates for the number of people who would buy health insurance on its troubled online exchange by the new year, representatives from the marketplace said about 770 more people had signed up – boosting the lackluster enrollment numbers by more than a third.

The officials have been reporting enrollment numbers weekly, and the total for the week ending Nov. 23 was the most in one reporting period. A total of 3,024 have now enrolled in a private plan on the Maryland Health Connection, the forum for the state’s estimated 800,000 uninsured are supposed to be able to shop for coverage.

Total enrollment figures lag initial estimates of the numbers expected to buy private coverage on the state exchange, which has suffered from technical glitches since the launch Oct. 1.

The exchange officials also announced Wednesday that they have launched an informational Spanish website, made improvements in password functions and implemented other fixes to enhance the site’s performance.

More than 65,000 people have created accounts, needed to browse plans, and there have been more than 480,000 visitors to the site, the officials reported.

They have previously reported about 92,000 people will be added to the Medicaid rolls in January.

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