Massachusetts signs up 125K for health plans through connector during enrollment period


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BOSTON — Massachusetts health connector officials say more than 125,000 people signed up for health insurance plans through the agency's rebuilt website during a more than three-month open enrollment period.

Another 286,000 people qualified for the state's Medicaid program.

The Massachusetts open enrollment period began on Nov. 15 and was to expire Feb. 15, but was extended until last Monday because of the severe winter weather.

The connector was forced to place hundreds of thousands of people into temporary Medicaid coverage a year ago when the initial website failed. It was relaunched in November and officials say it has operated well since then.

Gov. Charlie Baker has named a new executive director for the connector and recently asked for — and received — the resignations of four members of the connector board.

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