OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Officials say that more than 71,000 people have signed up for private insurance since October 1 through Washington state's new health care exchange.
Another 72,178 people will be enrolled after they complete payment. The exchange had a goal of signing up 130,000 people into private insurance plans by Jan. 1.
The total number of people purchasing private insurance and those enrolling in free insurance through Medicaid is now more than 248,000. More than 121,000 of those signing up are newly eligible to the expanded Medicaid.
Before health care reform went into effect, an estimated one million Washington residents did not have health insurance.