- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Government figures show more than 6,600 Alaskans have signed up for private insurance plans on the online federal marketplace since the website launch in October.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had originally targeted 16,000 Alaskans for enrollment by the end of February. That goal was included in a September departmental memo, before the rocky launch of the online exchange.

Zack Fields, a spokesman for the state Democratic party, said enrollment has been growing. He said that’s probably more important than “a number established by someone in D.C., six months ago.”

Open enrollment ends March 31.

In Alaska, 87 percent of those who’d selected plans between Oct. 1 and March 1 were receiving federal help paying premiums. Twenty-nine percent of enrollees are between 18 and 34 years old.

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