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More in NJ register for health care exchange


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The number of New Jersey residents who enrolled for health insurance through a federal government-run website grew threefold in the program’s second month.

But still well under 1 percent of eligible residents have completed their registrations.

The federal government announced Wednesday that about 2,500 people completed the process in New Jersey in November. In October, just over 700 signed up.

An estimated 900,000 state residents are eligible for the exchange that is a key part of President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul.

About 48,000 people have completed applications but not yet selected a plan.

The federal government has also announced grants to 20 New Jersey clinics to help people register for coverage.