Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million mark

December 30, 2013 - 4:34 AM
Health Overhaul

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2013 file photo, Lisa Donlea, left, and Susan Roberts, a certified enrollment officer, celebrate after working on Donlea's federal health insurance exchange enrollment online for one hour and 47 minutes in Laguna Beach, Calif. The Obama administration says following a December surge, more than 1.1 million people have now enrolled for health insurance through the federal government’s improved website. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Cindy Yamanaka, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — The Obama administration says its rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark.

Independent experts say that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans offered on both federal and state-run markets at about 2 million people through the end of the year.

That would be about two-thirds of the administration's original goal of signing up 3.3 million by Dec. 31, and would represent a significant improvement given the technical problems that crippled the federal market during much of the fall. The overall goal remains to enroll 7 million people by March 31.