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Illinois Obamacare sign-ups rise 12 percent

Illinois Obamacare sign-ups rise 12 percent

The number of Illinois residents who signed up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchange is up nearly 12 percent this year, according to preliminary data released Thursday by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In Illinois, 388,179 people signed up for health insurance by midnight Feb. 1, compared with 347,300 people last year. Open enrollment ended Jan. 31, but the data extend through Feb. 1 to better capture people who may have been waiting online to sign up, officials said in a press release.

About 12.7 million people nationwide signed up for 2016 health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, 9.6 million of whom came...

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