- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials say nearly 87,000 Virginians have chosen health plans in the insurance marketplace created by President Barack Obama’s health care law since an open enrollment period began on Nov. 1.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 2016 enrollment figures Wednesday.

The enrollment period runs through Jan. 31. Individuals needing coverage starting on Jan. 1 must sign up by a Dec. 15 deadline.

At the end of an earlier enrollment session, more than 385,000 Virginians had signed up for coverage on the exchange.

Virginia is one of 38 states that use the federal health insurance marketplace.

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