Originally published on December 23, 2015 on USAToday by Jayne O'Donnell.
More than 8.2 million consumers signed up for health coverage through HealthCare.gov or had their coverage automatically renewed, as millions more selected plans through state-based market places, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.
It's about a one-third improvement from this time last year, when about 6.4 million had signed up for coverage or been automatically renewed. Healthcare.gov handles the enrollment for 38 states.
Although an official overall number is not available yet, Charles Gaba of ACAsignups.net says when all states' are added, he estimates total enrollment through Dec. 19 is up to at least 10.9 million nationally. The confirmed total to date for states that have reported numbers is 9.3 million, he says.
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