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More than 3,100 sign up for insurance in Maryland

More than 3,100 people have signed up for health coverage on the state's new online marketplace for the uninsured, according to the latest numbers released by the Maryland Health Connection.

That's about 800 people in the past week who have found coverage through the health exchange, a cornerstone of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Maryland's site, as well as other state sites and the federal marketplace, has suffered from technical problems since opening day Oct. 1. Officials have been working to correct those glitches by upgrading the software, and they said they plan more fixes in coming weeks.

The exchange also has reported that more than 27,000 people have created accounts and been told if they qualify for federal subsidies. The accounts allow them to browse available plans and see how much they would pay.

In all, the exchange reports there have been 300,000 unique visitors to the website and 33,000 calls to call centers, which can assist consumers in signing up for coverage with paper applications.

About 800,000 people in the state lack health insurance.

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