About 1 million sign up for health plans in January, but states show huge disparities

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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius greets visitors after a news conference on enrollment in affordable health coverage in Cleveland. The Obama administration says about 1 million Americans signed up for private insurance under the president’s health care law in January, extending a turnaround from early days when a dysfunctional website frustrated consumers. New numbers released Tuesday show nearly 3.3 million people signed up through Feb. 1. Although enrollment is gaining ground, the government’s initial target of 7 million by the end of March still seems like a stretch. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

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By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and KEVIN VINEYS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — January marked the first time since new health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target was met, even though states are having varying success getting people to sign up.

The administration said Wednesday about 1 million people signed up for private insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law in January, extending a turnaround from when a dysfunctional website frustrated consumers.

An Associated Press analysis found that most states are still lagging when it comes to sign-ups under the health care law, and their success in getting those sign-ups could help determine if the White House reaches its unofficial goal of having 7 million signed up by the end of March.

Nearly 3.3 million people signed up from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.

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