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U.S. Targets Four States in Effort to Enroll the Uninsured

In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks at Florida International University College of Law in Miami. Burwell says health law sign-ups are off to an encouraging start, but a lot of work is still needed to make the second open enrollment season a success. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks at Florida International University College of Law in Miami. Burwell says health law sign-ups are off to an encouraging start, but a lot of work is still needed to make the second open enrollment season a success. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

WASHINGTON (New York Times) — With the third open enrollment season under the Affordable Care Act beginning in about six weeks, Obama administration officials said Tuesday that they would focus efforts to expand health coverage to the uninsured in Dallas, Houston, northern New Jersey, Chicago and Miami.

“Over all, this open enrollment period is going to be tougher than last year,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, said in a speech here at Howard University Hospital. Many of the uninsured have already signed up, she noted, shrinking the pool of eligible people who do not have coverage.

And “with our economy improving,” she said, “more people can get coverage under employer plans.”

Ms. Burwell said the administration would focus on 10.5 million uninsured Americans who were eligible for coverage through the public insurance exchanges, also known as marketplaces.

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