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Exchange enrollment up, but lower than other states

State officials reported Friday that 33,251 Marylanders have enrolled in private health plans through the exchange as of Feb. 15, a weekly increase of 2,139 people.

As of Feb. 18, Medicaid has enrolled 60,672 people since Oct. 1. The previous report listed total enrollment in the program at 52,091 people as of Feb 11.

Health careThe number of people enrolled in PAC who have been switched into Medicaid remained unchanged at 95,889. All Medicaid coverage is retroactive to Jan. 1.

Open enrollment ends March 31.

Other states have seen more dynamic results. California has already surpassed its own projections for enrollment on its exchange, Covered California, signing up 828,638 people by mid-February.

The original projection was to enroll between 487,000 and 696,000 subsidy-eligible people. According to the state’s most recent data, 86 percent of private-plan enrollees are eligible for financial assistance.

California had added another 1.5 million people to its Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, by the end of January.

Oregon launched its exchange this week after months of technical problems. Even after four months, the rollout was far from perfect.

Several of the 14 states that designed their own exchanges may have overextended themselves. According to an NPR story, Joel Ario, a consultant who helped set up the federal exchange, said that some of the states once considered to be at the vanguard of the health insurance overhaul–such as Maryland, Oregon, and Minnesota–are struggling the most with enrollment.

“This is a complicated undertaking, and so people who tried to do too much in [the first year], I think, had some problems with that,” Ario said.