Maryland adds 22,000 Medicaid consumers, monthly report says

The Baltimore Sun

The state health insurance exchange continued enrolling consumers in Medicaid, adding almost 22,000 new people to the rolls in the last month, according to a report released Friday.

The report said 376,850 people in the state have gained coverage under the federal-state program for the low-income since the exchange launched a year ago under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Another 2,425 people bought private insurance plans in the last month, though the open enrollment period is closed. Only those with a family or work change are eligible to enroll now.

Altogether, 81,091 people have bought private coverage through the exchange.

People who want to renew policies – and keep their federal subsidies – or sign up for new coverage will be able to begin the process Nov. 15. The exchange has laid out a staged plan that initially limits access to a newly revamped system.

The old system, plagued with technical problems, will be retired.

Browsing for plans will be allowed beginning Nov. 9.

Open enrollment ends on Feb. 15.

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