ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — More than 900 New Mexicans signed up for health insurance through a federal online marketplace during its first two months of operation.
The enrollment figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mark an increase from the 172 people who signed up during the program's first month.
The 934 people who enrolled from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30 represent about 10 percent of those in the state who are eligible for coverage.
Nationally, the new markets have picked up their pace of signups since encountering paltry enrollment in the program's first month.
Still, the number of enrollees nationwide is less than one-third of the 1.2 million people officials had originally projected would enroll around the country by the end of November.
Debra Hammer, a spokeswoman for New Mexico's state-run health insurance exchange, said the marketplace program is seeing improvement after experiencing growing pains during its first month of operation and will continue to gain momentum.
Hammer cited federal figures that show more than 8,500 New Mexicans have applied for a health plan through the exchange. They sought coverage for more than 16,000 people, including themselves, spouses and children.
"This is a marathon, not a sprint," Hammer said.