Nearly 44,000 Alabamians have used the federal health care law to sign up for insurance through Alabama's federally operated insurance exchange.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 18,024 Alabamians signed up in January. The sign-ups began in October with 624, grew to 2,824 by the end of November and increased to 25,839 in December. They grew to 43,863 by the end of January.
President Barack Obama's administration has announced more than $1.4 million in grants for Alabama organization helping people shop for and enroll in the federally operated health insurance exchange in Alabama.
Consumers are supposed to be able to start shopping Oct. 1 for policies that will begin Jan. 1.
Alabama is getting 73 cents per person to help residents understand the Affordable Care Act and decide if they want coverage through a health insurance exchange.
Federal funding figures show Alabama's amount is lower than many states because Gov. Robert Bentley decided not to create a state-run health insurance exchange and is leaving it to the federal government. That meant Alabama's state government didn't seek any of the millions available for outreach and advertising.