In Friday news dump, Maryland announces its ACA enrollment totals — 96% Medicaid

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Published on October 25, 2013

CaptureI can’t tell exactly when Maryland’s health benefit exchange posted its new numbers, but it appears to be no earlier than late this afternoon — perfect timing. WBAL posted the news at 8:23 p.m. tonight:

More than 3,100 Maryland households have chosen to enroll through the state’s online marketplace for health insurance…The state also says 82,473 residents are signed up to be automatically enrolled in Medicaid coverage on Jan. 1.

So Medicaid accounts for more than 96 percent of enrollments so far. This might be the highest ratio we’ve seen yet. But to say it again, people will come out of the hills to sign up for something that’s free, they haven’t yet shown a determination to sign up for things that are overpriced.

Meanwhile, the exchange has paid a substantial sum to advertise on tonight’s Ravens pre-game show.