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Georgia Has Fourth-Most Obamacare Signups

Patricia Benton, left, gets help from certified assistant Vivian Moore, right, in signing up for health care insurance online at the Atlanta Medical Center South Campus, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Atlanta. People who don't have health insurance have until midnight Monday to enroll or else they'll face federal tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Patricia Benton, left, gets help from certified assistant Vivian Moore, right, in signing up for health care insurance online at the Atlanta Medical Center South Campus, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Atlanta. People who don't have health insurance have until midnight Monday to enroll or else they'll face federal tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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We’re halfway into the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act. And new numbers on Obamacare are out. In the first month of open enrollment, Nov. 15 through Dec. 15, more than 187,000 people in Georgia signed up for health care coverage. More than half bought insurance from the health insurance marketplace for the first time.

“I am very pleased with the numbers, but there is still more work to do in Georgia,” said Renard Murray, the regional administrator for Medicare and Medicaid, who is based in Atlanta.

So far, 89 percent of people who have signed up are getting financial assistance.

“The percentages of people this year who are getting financial assistance has increased,” Murray said. “Last year it was about 78 [percent] at this point.”

Georgia has the fourth-highest number of people who have enrolled so far.

Open enrollment continues until Feb. 15.