More than 35,600 have bought private insurance through Md. health exchange

The Maryland health exchange reported that another 2,385 people purchased private insurance through its website in the week ending Feb. 22, brining the total in private plans to more than 35,600.

That figure is still well below targets, even the newly revised ones that cut in half the expected number of polices sold during the current open enrollment that ends March 31.

The number of people signing up for Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for the poor, peaked during this time frame, however, at 10,777. The total number of people who have signed up for the coverage is now 71,449.

Combined with tens of thousands automatically moved from a bare-bones state program for low-income adults, those enrolled in public and private plans through the exchange now totals 202,974.

Exchange officials also said more than 19,000 people, more than half of those in private plans, had paid their first premium so far and there is still time for others in private plans offered by four companies to pay.

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