NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The director of the state-run health insurance marketplace says Rhode Island has emerged as a national leader as the first open enrollment period under the federal health care overhaul came to a close.

HealthSource RI's Christine Ferguson calls the state "the envy of the rest of the country" for the way the online marketplace has performed. Yesterday was the sign-up deadline.

Ferguson estimated at mid-day that more than 26,000 people had signed up for private coverage through HealthSource RI. That's more than double the unofficial federal target of 12,000 for the period.

She says HealthSource RI has outperformed most other state-run marketplaces on several measures, including how many of those eligible for federal subsidies have enrolled.

Several states have contacted Rhode Island to learn how HealthSource is being run.


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