O'Malley signs bill to help people who couldn't get enrolled because of problems with state web site

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - People who tried to get health insurance but had problems with the state's web site are finally getting relief.

Governor O'Malley signed emergency legislation Thursday morning that will help those people get health insurance retroactive to January 1.

The governor's office estimated that anywhere between a few hundred to 5,000 people experienced glitches with the Maryland Health Connection web site to buy a private plan ahead of the oft moved December 27 deadline.

The bill, which received final approval from the Senate on Wednesday, creates a separate safety net plan that serves as a high-risk pool for Marylanders without insurance.

Supporters of the bill call it more of a backup plan.  Exchange insurers extended a deadline to give more people a chance to sign up retroactively.  That deadline came and went last week.

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