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O'Malley to sign bill on health exchange problems

Thursday - 1/30/2014, 1:45pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a measure to help people get health insurance retroactive to Jan. 1, if computer problems with Maryland's health exchange prevented them from signing up last year.

O'Malley signed the bill Thursday. It is emergency legislation, so it goes into effect immediately.

It will enable people who couldn't get through the Maryland health exchange to be insured by the Maryland Health Insurance Plan.

Supporters of the bill say it's more of a backup plan. That's because exchange insurers extended a deadline to give more people a chance to get insured retroactively. That deadline was last week.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein says the bill will likely only affect several hundred people. That's because many of the eligible will have enrolled in the exchange under the extended deadline.

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