Nearly 16,000 Alaskans sign up for insurance through federal online marketplace



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JUNEAU, Alaska — Government figures show nearly 16,000 Alaskans already have signed up for private health insurance through the federal online marketplace during this enrollment period.

That compares with about 13,000 that signed up during the initial open enrollment period, which spanned six months.

The current enrollment period started Nov. 15. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that as of last Friday, 15,830 Alaskans had signed up for coverage.

There was no immediate breakdown of how many of those are renewals or first-time enrollees.

Regional director Susan Johnson said she is pleased with the enrollments so far, calling the response strong and positive. Most Alaskans enrolling through the exchange have been eligible for federal help to pay for their policies.

Open enrollment for insurance coverage this year ends Feb. 15.

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