More than 8.8 million Americans signed up for 2017 insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov as of Jan. 14, 2017, about 100,000 more than over a similar time frame last year.
The enrollment snapshot provided Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the final one of President Barack Obama’s administration. The numbers do not include people in the 12 state-based marketplaces that use their own websites. About 2.8 million people in these states were enrolled as of Dec. 24.
“Strong demand is especially striking in light of the unique headwinds created by discouraging rhetoric from ACA opponents,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in the release.
More than 1.6 million individuals in Florida have signed up for insurance through the exchanges created by the 2010 health care law, the most of any state. Texas came in second with just over 1.1 million individuals.
The current open enrollment period ends on Jan. 31, 2017.
Separately, CMS announced that Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program grew by almost 29 percent in just over three years. More than 74 million people were enrolled through November.