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 Department of Health and Human Services do not break down the state numbers by age, regarded as a key factor in how well the federal health overhaul will work. The 18-34 age bracket 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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