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Nearly 40K Kansans Signed Up For Health Care Coverage On Federal Exchange Website

Federal health officials say just over 39,000 Kansans signed up for health care coverage through the federally run exchange in the first month of open enrollment.

Those who signed up at healthcare.gov as of December 15 will have coverage Thursday. People who sign up by Jan. 15 will be covered beginning Feb. 1.

About 57,000 people enrolled in the exchange in Kansas last year. State officials hope more sign up this year.

People can sign up for individual or family coverage until February 15 at www.healthcare.gov.

Penalties for not buying insurance will rise to 2 percent of a household's income or $325 this year, unless the household is exempted because of financial hardship or some other reason.