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Health insurance exchanges top 7.5 million as late sign-ups continue


Even with the formal registration period ended, enrollment in public health insurance exchanges continues to grow and now tops 7.5 million, federal health officials said Thursday.

“Last week, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have signed up” for exchange coverage, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Senate Finance Committee.

“As of this week, 400,000 additional Americans have signed up — and we expect that number to continue to grow,” Ms. Sebelius added.

Enrollment growth continues because many of the exchanges — authorized by Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — agreed to accept enrollees after the March 31 enrollment deadline as long as individuals attempted but were unable to complete their enrollments because of technical issues, by that date.

For example, California, the largest exchange with more than 1.2 million enrollees as of March 31, said those who opened an online account and completed the first page of the application by March 31 will have until April 15 to complete their applications and obtain coverage.