More than 200,000 Arizonans bought health insurance

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- The number of Arizonans signing up for health insurance on the federal marketplace topped 200,000 in the just-ended open enrollment period.

The enrollment figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Health & Human Services Department show more than 204,000 people signed up for a new plan or had an existing plan that renewed. That's more than 80,000 above the signups during last year's initial enrollment period.

In the first Affordable Care Act open enrollment period that ended last March 31, 120,000 Arizonans signed up.

Nearly 140,000 people in metropolitan Phoenix signed up for insurance, while the Tucson area had more than 31,000 signups.

Most people without coverage who didn't enroll by Feb. 15 have to wait for next year to get coverage.

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