- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Officials from Connecticut’s health insurance exchange say roughly 20,000 individuals have signed up for private health insurance over the past month.

Meanwhile, more than 46,000 have enrolled in government-funded Medicaid through Access Health CT, during the second, annual open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. The figures, which account for enrollments at the close of business on Monday, were released on Wednesday.

Those who signed up by Monday will be insured as of Jan. 1.

Jim Wadleigh, the exchange’s acting chief executive officer, said it appears Access Health CT will exceed its goal of signing up 72,000 during this latest open enrollment, which runs through Feb. 15. The health insurance exchange signed up more than 280,000 residents for private insurance or Medicaid during the first open enrollment.

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