Report shows more than 4M sign up or reenroll in marketplace health plans in 1st month

Government And Institutions Associated Press

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows more than 4 million people signed up for the first time or re-enrolled.

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The Department of Health and Human Services released the report Tuesday. It shows 3.4 million people selected plans using HealthCare.gov as of Dec. 15. More than 600,000 people selected plans in the state-run marketplaces, with those figures generally up-to-date through Dec. 13. The report doesn't include people who are being automatically re-enrolled in health plans.

Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell has set a target of 9.1 million customers signed up and paying premiums in 2015. She called Tuesday's figures "an encouraging start." There's still time to meet the goal. Open enrollment runs through Feb. 15.