Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, center, stands with CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, left, and Jim Palmer, director of the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

April 10 (Bloomberg) — About 400,000 people signed up for private health insurance under PPACA since a deadline passed that was initially supposed to end enrollment, the U.S. health secretary said today.

While the official enrollment period ended March 31, the Obama administration said that people who tried to sign up before the deadline would have until April 15 to complete their applications. The late enrollees bring the total number to 7.5 million in private health plans, Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services said at a Senate hearing today.

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