NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act show 101,778 people in Louisiana selected a plan through a federally run insurance marketplace, out of more than 184,000 who were eligible.

The figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show about 32 percent of those who signed up fall into the 18-34 age bracket. That age group is considered necessary to help make the plan work because the group is relatively healthy

The overall figure for the state is a considerable jump from the 45,561 people enrolled in the federal marketplace plan as of March 1. A surge in enrollment had been reported as this year's March 31 deadline for signups approached.

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