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Health Benefits Exchange Sees Increase in Sign Ups

November 26th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Health Benefits Exchange reports that as of Friday more than 2,000 Marylanders have signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.  That’s an increase of about 500 from the previous week.  More than 59,000 Marylanders have created accounts with the state and there have been more than 450,000 visitors to the website.  However, the information released by the state Friday said it still is struggling technical problems with the website – something it has been troubled with from its launch.  Vinny DeMarco, who heads Health Care for All Maryland, talked about the Affordable Care Act in a recent interview. He says despite the criticisms and concerns, ultimately the program will be beneficial.  He pointed to Maryland’s expanding of its Medicaid program in 2008 as a similar effort that has allowed thousands of low income residents to receive health care coverage. One major diiference he says is that the republican party didn’t play the role of obstructionist at that time- saying there was strong bi-partisan support from all parts of the state including western Maryland…


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