The latest U.S. Department of Health and Human Services public exchange activity report shows some exchanges have been much faster than others at getting people to sign up.

Consumers in some states still have time to pay for coverage that starts in January, and HHS is still using private "qualified health plan" selections, rather than pay data, as the enrollment indicator.

HHS plan selection figures show that consumers had submitted coverage applications for 7.7 million people through all Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchanges in all states by Dec. 28.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.