- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The federal government says more than 25,000 Maine residents have picked health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, surpassing the target set by President Barack Obama’s administration for the entire enrollment period that ends this month.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that 25,412 Maine residents selected plans on the exchange by March 1. The administration’s goal was for 23,000 Mainers to be enrolled in plans by the March 31, when the open enrollment period ends.

Maine is one of 16 states that are using the federally-run exchange. Nationally, nearly 4.2 million people have signed up for private insurance under the health care law.

Thirty-nine percent of those who have picked plans in Maine are between the ages of 55 and 64.

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