Almost 560,000 North Carolinians bought or renewed health policies on the Affordable Care Act market by the time enrollment closed Sunday, the federal government reported Wednesday.
The total of 559,473 is a 56 percent increase over the number who signed up for 2014, the first year federally subsidized coverage was offered.
North Carolina saw a surge of sign-ups in the final days of enrollment, perhaps prompted by tax penalties for remaining uninsured.
National enrollment went from 6.7 million for 2014 to an estimated 11.4 million this year, up about 59 percent.
Taxpayers facing fines for not having health insurance in 2014 will get another chance to sign up for benefits on the Obamacare exchanges this year, federal officials announced Friday.
From March 15 through April 30, individuals who learn when they file tax returns that they must pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate can return to HealthCare.gov to choose a plan for the current year