Next signup deadline is Jan. 15

As of last Friday, 197,539 Missourians and 75,836 Kansans had signed up for health insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

The deadline is Jan. 15 to sign up for coverage to be effective Feb. 1. The final deadline for 2015 coverage is Feb. 15, the end of this year’s open enrollment period.

Since open enrollment began Nov. 15 for the second year of subsidy-eligible coverage under the Affordable Care Act, nearly 6.8 million consumers have signed up through the federally facilitated marketplace.

Thirty-seven states now are using the platform in some way, up from 35 in the first year of the program.

Diane Stafford, The Star