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Health care signups in Utah exceed expectations

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New government figures show Utah enrollment in health care plans on the federal website greatly exceeded what the Obama administration expected.

Numbers released Thursday show that 84,600 people enrolled by the March 31 deadline. That is a 48-percent increase from the administration's target of 57,000 for the state.

The figures indicate there was a huge surge in the final month, with more than half of the enrollees in Utah signing up in March.

Enrollment started slow last fall on an online marketplace plagued by glitches but it gradually increased with each month.

Utah is one of more than 30 states that left it to the federal government to run its online exchange for individuals to find coverage. The state runs its own exchange for small businesses.

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