More than 6 million consumers have purchased health carecoverage in Obamacare’s federal exchanges, the administration saidTuesday.

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Out of the 6.4 million total as of Dec. 19, nearly 2 million ofthem gained coverage for the first time. The government dataincludes sign-ups through Healthcare.gov and not from stateexchanges. PPACA’s state exchanges have reported about 1 millionsignups so far.

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The tally is a big jump from the 2.5 million figure reported last week.

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PPACA’s increasing enrollment number is helped by the number ofauto-renewals in plans for the second year. HHS Secretary SylviaMathews Burwell said about two-thirds of consumers wereauto-enrolled.

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A swarm of signups was expected by Dec. 15, the deadline forconsumers to enroll in a plan to get coverage by Jan. 1.

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The Obama administration’s goal for 2015 is to get 9.1 millioncustomers in plans sold under the law. Consulting firm AvalereHealth predicts that the administration will exceed thatnumber, estimatingthat 10.5 million will purchase coverage via theexchanges.

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“We still have a lot of work to do before the Feb. 15 deadline,but this is an encouraging start,” HHS Secretary Sylvia MathewsBurwell said in a statement.

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