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Obamacare enrollments outpace last year

Obamacare enrollments outpace last year

WASHINGTON - More than 11.5 million people nationwide were signed up for Health Insurance Marketplace coverage as of Dec. 24, 2016, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services.

That's an increase of 286,000 compared to the same period the previous year.

Additionally, more than 700,000 residents of New York and Minnesota also signed up through the Basic Health Programs offered by those states, bringing the total to 12.2 million enrolled.

More than 8.7 million people signed up for coverage through for 2017. They included:

. 8 million female and 4 million males;

. 9 million white, 584,000 African-American, 882,000 Latinos and 573,000 Asian consumers; and

. 6 million rural Americans.

“Nationwide demand for health coverage is higher than ever, as Americans prove again that Marketplace coverage is vital to them and their families,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.


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