|By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
As a flurry of consumers signed up for health insurance Saturday during an enrollment fair, Gov.
The exchange board has not made a final decision, but O'Malley said the "Deloitte platform" used in
In recent days, those who had trouble signing up online and those who procrastinated have packed the offices of advocacy groups charged with helping people through the enrollment process and have flooded the state's call center lines to meet a
O'Malley said extensive work-arounds have enabled the state to surpass its "ambitious goal" to sign up 260,000 people. Total enrollment reached 269,336 as of Tuesday.
But a key segment of that overall goal -- signing up Marylanders for private plans -- might remain out of reach. As of
Experts say that most states with glitch-free websites have better enrollment numbers than
"It's been highly detrimental," said
"When you go and you get stuck or you have a long wait, you get pretty tired of that," said
In an analysis for the
The Obama administration said last week that more than 6 million people had bought health insurance on federal and state exchanges, meeting a goal for the system to be sustainable. The federal government had revised its initial goal of 7 million down to 6 million.
Before the launch of its health exchange,