Mar 11, 2014 4:17 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The number of Louisiana residents signing up for health insurance through the federal marketplace is growing, reaching nearly 46,000 people covered through February.
But that remains behind a target set last year by President Barack Obama's administration, seeking more than 75,000 enrollees in Louisiana.
The enrollment period ends this month.
Federal health officials released the latest enrollment data across states Tuesday, covering five months of sign-ups under the government-subsidized private insurance program created under Obama's health overhaul.
Another 12,700 people in Louisiana signed up in February, on top of the nearly 33,000 who were enrolled in marketplace plans a month earlier.
Four companies are offering insurance options through the federally-run marketplace in Louisiana. Eighty-seven percent of Louisiana residents who registered for insurance have received subsidies to help cover costs.