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69,221 in Oklahoma enrolled in new insurance plans

Oklahoman Published: May 1, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — More than 69,000 Oklahomans have picked health plans on the new insurance markets created by the federal health overhaul.

The federal government said Thursday that 69,221 Oklahomans signed up for a plan between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31.

Earlier enrollment numbers showed that only 32,882 Oklahomans had chosen a plan through March 1 — well below the Obama administration’s goal of 84,000 enrollees in Oklahoma.

The new enrollment numbers released Thursday by the Obama administration said about 8 million Americans have picked a plan under the new federal health program.

About 4.8 million more gained coverage through Medicaid and children’s insurance programs, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.