- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president’s health care law.

The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week. That brought total enrollment in the 37 states served by HealthCare.gov to more than 7.1 million.

National figures should be significantly higher because the federal count doesn’t include major states such as California and New York that are running their own markets.

Florida leads the federal marketplace states, with more than 1.2 million people enrolled. Texas has nearly 920,000.

The administration is expecting a surge near the Feb. 15 sign-up deadline.

The law offers subsidized private coverage to people who don’t have health insurance on the job.

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