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More than 140,000 Pennsylvanians enrolled in marketplace plans for first time for 2015

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Federal officials say that more than 140,000 Pennsylvanians have enrolled for the first time in plans sold through the health insurance marketplace for 2015.

Tuesday's report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave statistics for the first two months of open enrollment, through Jan. 16.

Approximately 278,000 others re-enrolled after purchasing a plan during the 2014 enrollment period. Including people who signed up for the first time, four in five were eligible for federal tax credits to help them pay for the coverage.

The numbers don't include automatic re-enrollment by any of the 317,000 Pennsylvanians who signed up in the 2014 enrollment period. However, federal officials haven't said how many of those who signed up for 2014 remain insured.

The enrollment period lasts through Feb. 15.

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