- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Thousands of additional Alabama residents are signing up for health insurance through the online exchange created by the federal Affordable Care Act.

Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/15PtuHQ ) 137,941 people in Alabama have signed up for health insurance using the federal exchange since the latest enrollment period opened in November. That’s a 40.9 percent increase from the 97,870 people who signed up last year.

The number is bound to keep climbing in the next two weeks. The latest open enrollment period closes Feb. 15.

The latest statistics show that as of Jan. 15, the number of people enrolling has more than doubled in four Alabama counties. The leader was Choctaw County, where sign-ups have increased 131 percent.

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