As the deadline approaches to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Maryland's exchange saw a bump on enrollment in private plans.
In the week ending March 15, 4,143 people bought private plans through the exchange website, bringing the total to 44,836. Another 9,769 signed up for Medicaid, bringing that total to 107,550. Combined with adults automatically moved to Medicaid from a state program, a total of 248,230 have obtained new coverage that began this year.
Exchange officials, who continue to battle technical problems with the site, have set up a hotline for those who have begun applications but have become stuck and may not get through the system by the March 31 deadline. The number is 800-396-1961.