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Public health insurance exchange signups hit 12.7 million for 2016

Public health insurance exchange signups hit 12.7 million for 2016

Aided by a last-minute surge, enrollment in public health insurance exchanges hit 12.7 million during the 2016 open enrollment season, the Department of Health & Human Services disclosed Thursday.

From Jan. 24 through Feb. 1 — the last week of open enrollment — nearly 700,000 individuals enrolled in the 38 states in which coverage is offered through the federal exchange.

In all, of the 12.7 million enrollees, just over 9.6 million chose coverage through the federal exchange, while 3.1 million selected coverage in the 13 state exchanges, including the District of Columbia.

“Open enrollment for 2016 is over, and we are happy to report it was a success,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement.

In fact, enrollment in the exchanges is substantially higher than at the close of the 2015 open season when 11.4 million people chose coverage.

Of the 38 states in the federal exchange, Florida had the most enrollees with 1,742,919, followed by Texas with 1,306,208 and Georgia with 587,845.

States in the federal exchange with the smallest number of enrollees were Hawaii, 14,564; North Dakota, 21,604 and Alaska, 23,029.

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