14,000-plus Texans pick insurance exchange plans

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — About 14,000 Texans enrolled for health insurance in November on the embattled federal online exchange.

That's more than any other state and nearly five times the number that successfully navigated the site the previous month — but still a tiny tally for such a large state.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday that 14,038 Texans had selected a plan. Almost 118,600 state residents applied for a health plan, seeking coverage for more than 244,700 people — including themselves and others, like spouses and children.

The federal health care law set up online marketplaces to help people find affordable insurance, but the rollout of its website has been troubled.

As of Nov. 30, about 137,000 people have enrolled in the 36 states served by the federal website.

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