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Insurance Enrollment Jumps as Affordable Care Act Deadline Nears

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About three million people have enrolled in private insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act according to a statement released Friday by the federal government.

The figure indicates a spike in enrollment ahead of the March 31st deadline, which requires Americans to obtain insurance or pay a fine.

About 2.1 million people had obtained private insurance through December 31st, which marked the end of the first three months of open enrollment. That means about 900,000 people got private insurance in the first three weeks of January.

The figures were released in a blog post by Marilyn Tavenner. She's the Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and oversees the roll out of the nationwide health care act.

She wrote that they anticipate the numbers will continue to grow.

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