1.9 Million Americans Sign Up For Obamacare, 4.5 Million Renew Coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell says health care sign-ups are off to an encouraging start, but a lot of work is still needed to make the second open enrollment season for the federal insurance market a success.

Burwell says 1.9 million new customers have picked a plan through the federal market as of Dec. 19. It serves 37 states.

Another 4.5 million have renewed existing coverage, with most automatically re-enrolled.

The numbers don’t include states running their own insurance exchanges.

Burwell said Tuesday the administration will release a full 50-state report next week.

With the HealthCare.gov website running much better this year, the administration has set a goal of 9.1 million customers signed up and paying premiums in 2015.

Open enrollment ends Feb. 15.

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