Nearly 380,000 Texans have selected health insurance plans through the federal marketplace ahead of a January 1 deadline.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that nationwide about 4 million people selected plans between November 15 and December 15. Individuals have until February 15 to sign up during the second-ever open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says in a news release that the numbers are "an encouraging start."
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The numbers are significantly larger than during the first month of enrollment last year when HealthCare.gov was plagued with technical problems. Then, the nationwide sign-up total was 106,000.
Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation. More than 733,000 individuals selected an insurance plan during the first enrollment period.