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Va. health insurance signups meeting projections

Tuesday - 3/11/2014, 6:30pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is meeting federal projections for enrollment in the Obama administration's health care program but still has a ways to go to reach the final target on March 31.

Figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that 102,815 Virginians had enrolled by March 1. The government had projected 101,600 by Feb. 28.

Nearly 25,000 more Virginians would have to enroll to meet the projection of 127,000 by March 31, the end of the open enrollment season.

About 4.2 million have signed up nationally. The government projected 5.65 million by Feb. 28 and 6 million by March 31.

Eighty percent of Virginians who have enrolled are eligible for tax credits to help offset the cost of premiums -- about the same as the national percentage.

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