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3.3 million enrolled on health marketplaces, including more young people, government says

Activists targeted young adults in a campaign against the health law outside a Miami University football game in Florida.
Activists targeted young adults in a campaign against the health law outside a Miami University football game in Florida.2013 file/Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 3.3 million people have signed up for health insurance through the marketplaces established by President Obama’s health care law, and about one-fourth of them are young adults, the administration said Wednesday.

The administration reported a modest uptick in the enrollment of young adults, a group avidly sought by insurers because they are usually healthier and need fewer costly medical services.

In a new report on enrollment, the administration said that 1.9 million people had selected health plans in the federal marketplace from October through January, while 1.4 million chose plans in state-run insurance exchanges.

In January alone, officials said, more than 1.1 million people signed up for insurance in the federal and state exchanges.

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