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About 1.2 Million Texans Signed Up Through Health Exchange

Lauren Silverman
Sandra Luz is the lead health care navigator at the Community Council of Greater Dallas.

FORT WORTH-- Nearly 1.2 million Texans have signed up or were re-enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace by a February 15 deadline.

That's about 1 million more signups in Texas than a year ago.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced those figures Wednesday.

Nationwide, about 11.4 million Americans selected plans or were automatically re-enrolled by the deadline, including about 2.8 million through state-based exchanges.

The agency said in a statement Monday that 86 percent of Texas consumers who were signed up as of January 30 qualify for an average federal subsidy of $282 toward their monthly premiums through the exchange.

Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the country.

Affordable Care Act-trained "navigators" are continuing to enroll Texans through an extension that ends February 22.