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Open enrollment exceeds 8 million

Since November 1 when open enrollment began, 6 million renewed coverage while 2.5 million are newly insured, CMS says.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Since the Nov. 1 open enrollment period began, more than 8.5 million consumers either signed up for health coverage through Healthcare.gov or had their existing coverage automatically renewed, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Among the approximately 6 million consumers whose coverage was renewed, about 3.6 million actively renewed, while 2.4 million were renewed automatically.

"As 2015 comes to an end, I am encouraged to see marketplace consumers showing how engaged they are with their health coverage," said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. "Millions of consumers that had 2015 coverage -- an impressive 60 percent -- came back to Healthcare,gov to update their information, explore the options available for 2016 and select the plan that best fits their needs.

"As we kick off the new year and begin counting down to the final enrollment deadline on Jan. 31, we will continue working to help more families learn about their options and sign up for coverage."

The deadline to enroll for coverage on January 1 ended on December 17, but consumers have until January 31 to select plans on the marketplace.

Healthcare.gov is used by the federally-facilitated marketplaces and state partnership marketplaces, as well as some state-based marketplaces. Thirty-eight states use the healthcare.gov platform.