Enrollment in the federal in health insurance exchange surged in December, almost half of the 975,000 signing up in the days before a Dec. 24 deadline.
The new numbers, announced by the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a Sunday morning blog post, bring to 1.1 million the number of Americans have enrolled through the exchange since it opened Oct. 1.
"As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage," wrote CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
Average daily enrollments have gone from less than 1,000 in October to 3,800 in November to 40,000 in December. And as the deadline approached, sign-ups were closer to 100,000 a day.