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More than 76,000 people have signed up for coverage through New York’s health insurance exchange, a 58 percent increase over the number enrolled two weeks earlier, the state Health Department announced Monday.

The 76,177 people enrolled as of Sunday mark an increase of 28,015 over the 48,162 enrolled as of Nov. 12, when the state last released this data. New York remains on pace to meet its enrollment expectations for the NY State of Health marketplace, which opened Oct. 1.

Enrollment includes 41,021 enrolled in private health insurance and 35,156 who were eligible for Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor. Another 257,414 people have completed the application process but still must select a plan to be considered enrolled.

The state has said it expects 615,000 individuals to sign up for private insurance in the first 39 months of the exchange. That’s 15,769 per month, and the 41,021 who enrolled for this coverage in the first two months is well above that pace.

People have until Dec. 23 to sign up for coverage that begins in January.

The open enrollment deadline is March 31.

The state plans to release updates on enrollment data on a weekly basis in the future, according to the Health Department.

A department spokesman said the state still is not able to release enrollment data broken down by region, or by insurance carrier.

The data is available on the NY State of Health website, https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/.

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