Maryland Says It Has 326 Enrollees In Health Exchange

That number is one of the few trickling out about enrollment in the new health-insurance exchanges created by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The federal government, which is operating exchanges on behalf of 36 states, hasnt given enrollment numbers yet for its exchange, which, as The Wall Street Journal reported today, has been plagued by design and software problems . GOP’s Unheralded Victory on Spending Maryland is one of 14 states running its own exchange. With a Democratic governor and Democratic-dominated legislature, the states commitment to making the law work was never in doubt, but it ran into considerable technology problems early on. ( This Washington Post story has more details .) On Monday, the state said it is still working through technical issues and conceded that may be inconsistent, especially during periods of peak usage. Those problems are reflected in the Maryland numbers released Monday , the first of what the state said would be regular data releases. The state said 13,532 accounts with verified identity were created as of Sunday evening, and it has seen 170,000 unique visitors to the website. But only 326 people were actually enrolled in new health-insurance plans.
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Health Care’s Unrivaled Job Gains And Where It Matters Most

The outbreak is continuing and no recall has been issued. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been unable so far to identify the specific product or production period, but raw products from the potentially affected facilities bear one of the following numbers on the packaging: P6137, P6137A, P7632 and mainly distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state. Food poisoning: What you need to know The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with state health departments to monitor the outbreak while FSIS continues its investigation, but due to the government shutdown, current information may not be available on the agencies’ websites. “While the company, FSIS and CDC continue to investigate the issue, Foster Farms has instituted a number of additional food safety practices, processes and technology throughout company facilities that have already proven effective in controlling Salmonella in its Pacific Northwest operations earlier this year,” Foster Farms said in a statement on its website.
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Health care website gets down time for repairs

As he explained, More people have access to health benefits, people are living longer and technological advancements are creating new opportunities in medicine every day, This will translate to more jobs for both clinical and non-clinical professionals. Because of this unrivaled growth, health care is now the nations largest private-sector industry sector, accounting for 13 percent of the total U.S. workforce (it surpassed manufacturing in 2003 and retail trade in 2007). And in many regions, the share of total jobs in health care is much larger than the national average. States Most Reliant on Health Care Jobs The three states with the highest share of health care jobs Rhode Island (16.5 percent), West Virginia (16.0) and Maine (15.6) each have larger-than-average concentrations of residents 60 years or older, which increases the need for health care services. While Northeast states tend to have older populations, and thus higher shares of health care workers, this trend can be found across the United States. After Rhode Island, West Virginia and Maine, health care jobs are most prominent in Pennsylvania (15.7 percent), New York (15.6) and Massachusetts (15.3). Washington , D.C., meanwhile, has the lowest share of health care jobs in the U.S.
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Federal health agencies probing Salmonella outbreak

View gallery This photo provided by HHS shows the main landing web page for Bedeviled by technology glitches that frustrated millions of consumers, the Obama administration is taking down its health overhaul website for repairs this weekend. Enrollment functions of the site will be unavailable during off-peak hours this weekend, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday, Oct. 4. The website will remain open for general information.
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