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Exchange enrollment ticks up

More than 81,000 Marylanders had enrolled in private health insurance on the state’s health exchange as of Sept. 20, officials said Friday.

That’s an increase of 2,425 individuals since August.

At the end of September, 376,850 people had gained Medicaid coverage during 2014. That’s an increase of 21,569 over the past month.

However, over the past year, some people have been dropped from the Medicaid rolls. People can become ineligible for the public insurance program if their income increases or if they experience other changes, like in age or household status.

So, the net increase in Medicaid enrollment compared to December 2013 is 262,979 people, according to officials with the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.

MHBE officials are in charge of the Maryland Health Connection website, where people could buy coverage. That website has been undergoing a total overhaul since March, when the last open enrollment period ended.

The revamped site is scheduled to go live for the next open enrollment period in November. It will open with a soft launch, beginning on Nov. 9, when Marylanders can browse plans.

By Nov. 19, individuals should be able to actually purchase coverage.

Open enrollment for private health plans continues through Feb. 15. Medicaid enrollment continues year-round.

About Alissa Gulin

Alissa Gulin covers health care, education and general business at The Daily Record.

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