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Maryland's public health secretary is calling the state's revamped health-insurance exchange a success as the second enrollment period hits a milestone.

Thursday was the deadline for obtaining coverage starting Jan. 1. The enrollment period began Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15.

As of Tuesday, 30 days into the process, the exchange had enrolled about 61,000 in private plans. That's nearly five times the number of private-plan enrollments recorded during the first 30 days of the program's troubled launch last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health department says more than 7,300 health insurance enrollments have been completed since the second open enrollment period began.

The department reported that 7,309 enrollments have been completed by 4:45 p.m. Thursday. About 18,615 applications have begun.

The department says there have been 117,000 visitors to the website since enrollment began Saturday at a Glen Burnie sign up fair.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's revamped health exchange website has opened early for people to enroll in insurance plans.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein announced on Twitter that the website was open for individuals to enroll on Tuesday, a day early.

Andrew Ratner, a spokesman for the exchange, says it seems to be working well so far. Ratner says 5,324 people have applied and 1,915 applications have been completed since early Tuesday afternoon.

Ratner says the state decided to open the website early after other aspects of a gradual rollout worked well.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made his second trip to Maryland to support Republican Larry Hogan's bid for governor.

Christie and Hogan greeted residents in Bethesda at the Original Pancake House in Bethesda on Tuesday.

Hogan sidestepped questions about being endorsed by the National Rifle Association on Monday. Hogan says he's focused on having a vote of confidence from Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Board of Elections has found that Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan should have disclosed the value of a poll conducted by a group he created before he decided to run for governor.

However, the board decided Thursday not to impose a fine.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland official says a computer glitch with Connecticut's health exchange will be corrected in the version Maryland will be using as it revamps its own troubled website with Connecticut's technology.

Isabel FitzGerald, the state's secretary of information technology, told a legislative oversight panel Tuesday that Maryland is on schedule to have its flawed website fixed with the new technology in time for the next open enrollment period in November.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say about 7,000 Delawareans have chosen private insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf told the state Health Care Commission on Thursday that 6,994 people had selected plans in Delaware's health insurance exchange as of Feb. 28, an increase of about 38 percent over the previous month

Officials are no longer reporting how many people have actually paid for coverage, as opposed to simply choosing a plan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland will make information related to its health benefit exchange available through public information requests.

But the state's Public Information Act does prevent disclosure of confidential commercial or financial information. Rebecca Pearce, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, says information that could cause substantial harm to the competitive position of the contractor would not be subject to the state's public information laws.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has announced the launch of a program to help residents get health insurance under the federal health care law.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange announced the start of the Connector Program on Thursday. About $24 million in state and federal grants will be used to fund six organizations. They will provide consumer assistance and enrollment resources throughout Maryland.

Brown says the initiative will create more than 300 jobs.

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a measure to create a framework for a health insurance market place to provide coverage to the uninsured.

     The House voted 94-44 for the bill Monday. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

     The measure builds on legislation passed last year to create the health care exchange, a mandate of federal health care reform. The measure sets up standards and regulations to run the program.

     Maryland has about 700,000 uninsured residents.