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Carolyn Quattrocki, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, says officials are now able to make improvements to the system. (File photo)

Md. health exchange enrollment surpasses 146,000

Enrollment on Maryland’s health exchange continues to climb, with a total of 146,529 people having signed up for coverage, as of Sunday, since the open enrollment period began on Nov. 15.

The majority of those people (83,735 individuals) chose private health plans, while 62,794 people learned they were eligible for (and chose to enroll in) Medicaid.

That means the number of private plan sign-ups during the first six weeks of the current open enrollment period has already surpassed last year’s figure of  just over 81,000 for private plans.

Even though most of the enrollees for 2015 are choosing private plans, the first enrollment period was heavily tilted toward the Medicaid side.

Medicaid enrollments account for nearly 73 percent of all enrollments  since 2013.

About Alissa Gulin

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