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State health exchange enrollment up, federal enrollment down in last week

State health exchange enrollment up, federal enrollment down in last week

As the state health exchange enters the final week of this year’s open enrollment, Marylanders appear more interested in buying health insurance than many other Americans.

The number of people buying private policies through the state’s online marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act is up a bit, while enrollment on the federal exchange that serves 39 states is down 11 percent.

“We’re not done yet,” said Michele Eberle, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, which oversees the state marketplace. “But we’re hoping for a really strong ending.”

This year, the program covered 11.8 million Americans, including about 150,000 Marylanders, who do...

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