More than 68,000 people have signed up for health care coverage during PPACA's extra enrollment period so far this year, federal officials said Monday.

That's almost double the number of people who had signed up at the beginning of April.

Though PPACA's enrollment was set to end Feb. 15, the administration gave consumers extra time to get coverage for those who: learned about the fee for the first time while paying their taxes, did not have a health plan purchased through the federal exchange, or owed the federal government a penalty for not having coverage in 2014.

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