WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday said that about one million people signed up in January for private insurance coverage under the new federal health care law.
Numbers released Wednesday show that more than three million people signed up from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1 -- extending a turnaround from early days when a dysfunctional website frustrated consumers.
Enrollment is gaining ground, but the government's initial target of seven million by the end of March still seems like a stretch at this point.
However, officials are not yet able to determine how many of those who enrolled were previously uninsured — the law's ultimate test.
The latest numbers show wide gaps between states. At least 10 states have met or surpassed sign-up targets.
Surprisingly, the worst performers include four jurisdictions where the law has strong support: Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon and the District of Columbia.
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