Enrollment on Maryland health exchange continues

The Maryland health exchange reported Friday that more than 411,000 people had signed up for health insurance as of July 26, up more than 38,000 from a month ago.

Open enrollment on the online marketplace is closed, but those who lost their coverage, got married or have another life event were still eligible to sign up. Also, those who qualify for Medicaid are allowed to sign up year-round.

Most of those who gained coverage enrolled in Medicaid. The number reflects some who also were dropped from the program because they no longer qualify.

The next open enrollment begins Nov. 15.

Enrollment in Medicaid was spread across the state, with growth greatest in Howard and Worcester counties, followed by Anne Arundel, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Frederick and Montgomery counties.

Exchange officials also say they are on schedule to launch their revamped website, which will be based on technology used in Connecticut. The existing website, which never worked properly, will be shut down in the fall.

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