More than 31,000 people sign up for health care coverage on Rhode Island's exchange

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — More than 31,000 people signed up for coverage on Rhode Island's health insurance exchange during the latest open enrollment period.

HealthSource RI was set up as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Enrollment figures released Thursday show that 31,513 people enrolled for coverage for 2015, including 83 percent of customers who were covered in 2014. About 10,300 people signed up for the first time and 450 small employers enrolled.

Enrollment for 2015 ended Feb. 15. There was a short special enrollment period afterward, due to weather-related closings at the contact center and walk-in locations.

More than 25,000 people signed up for coverage last year.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, United HealthCare and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island are offering plans through the exchange.

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