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February 12. 2014 9:58PM

Sign-ups are surging for Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Health insurance sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law have continued to surge, as more than 1.1 million Americans selected a private plan in January on new marketplaces created by the law.

That brings to nearly 3.3 million the number of Americans who have enrolled in coverage since the marketplaces opened in October, according to new data released by the Obama administration.

The total was still short of the administration's goal of 4.4 million enrolled by the end of January.

The new data also suggest that more young people are coming to the marketplaces: 27 percent of consumers who signed up for a plan in January were between 18 and 34 years old, compared with 24 percent in the prior three months.

Tribune Washington Bureau




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