About 1.2 million Texans signed up through health exchange

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Nearly 1.2 million Texans have signed up or were re-enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace by a February 15 deadline.

That's about 1 million more signups in Texas than a year ago.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced those figures Wednesday.

Nationwide, about 11.4 million Americans selected plans or were automatically re-enrolled by the deadline, including about 2.8 million through state-based exchanges.

The agency said in a statement Monday that 86 percent of Texas consumers who were signed up as of January 30 qualify for an average federal subsidy of $282 toward their monthly premiums through the exchange.

Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the country.

Affordable Care Act-trained "navigators" are continuing to enroll Texans through an extension that ends February 22.

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