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Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

1 year 2 months 1 week ago August 13, 2015 Aug 13, 2015 Thursday, August 13 2015 August 13, 2015 1:08 PM in Health
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under the health care law even after the official enrollment season ended.

That helped push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscored how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the program

The Health and Human Services Department said Thursday that the latest wave signing up is benefiting from "special enrollment periods" keyed to life changes and other circumstances. It's a flexible feature also common to coverage people get through their jobs.

Although 2015 open enrollment ended Feb. 22, special sign-up opportunities continue to be available through HealthCare.gov and its state-run counterparts. Through June 30, nearly 950,000 people had benefited.

Earlier, another government report found 7 million fewer uninsured through March.

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