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MD Healthcare Exchange, Off to a Smooth Start

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say about 9,000 people have browsed for health insurance plans so far on the state's newly designed health care exchange website.

Carolyn Quattrocki, the exchange director, said Monday the website is working smoothly, and officials are pleased with the number of people who have started shopping. It opened on Saturday, ahead of Sunday's scheduled opening.

People will first be able to sign up for a plan on Saturday at an event in Anne Arundel County, the first of 25 events statewide. People are scheduled to be able to sign up on their own through the website on Nov. 19.

The website has been revamped with technology from Connecticut. Maryland's website crashed on the first day of enrollment last year and was troubled in the first enrollment period.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.