Exchange enrollment reaches 148,208

The Maryland health exchange reported that 25,177 people enrolled in private insurance through the website through Jan. 18, a jump of 2,665 from the previous week.

Exchange officials said the pace has been picking up in recent weeks as fixes are taking hold and consumers are visiting the site. In the past three weeks, 6,920 have signed up for coverage through the exchange website, or more than 27 percent of the total.

The total is still far below the goal of covering 150,000 through private plans by the March 31 end of open enrollment.

The website was created under the federal Affordable Care Act and launched Oct. 1. It crashed that day and officials have been working out glitches since.

Exchange officials said Medicaid enrollment numbers were not available in time for the weekly report. The total gaining coverage through the state exchange is now 148,208, including more than 93,000 who were moved from a bare-bones state program to Medicaid.

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