Health care enrollment spikes in Utah in December

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Enrollment in health care plans on the federal government’s website spiked in Utah in December as thousands who were previously stuck in the pipeline got signed up.

The federal government announced Wednesday that about 18,600 people had signed up for plans in Utah by Dec. 28. That’s more than 10 times the total at the end of November.

The spike in enrollment occurred across the country as people scrambled to beat enrollment deadlines. Nearly 2.2 million had signed up through Dec. 28, more than six times the November total.

The online federal marketplace that went live in October was plagued by glitches, leading to a slow start for enrollment.

Slightly more women have signed up than men in Utah. Adults ages 55-64 were the most heavily represented age group.

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