ObamaCare signups surge in southern states

“Real simply, I think word is spreading. I think word of mouth is spreading really positively as neighbors tell neighbors how easy it’s been to get coverage this year,” Slavitt told reporters in a briefing Wednesday.

The new figures offer the first glimpse of final state-by-state figures from 2014 as well as the early state estimates for 2015. Slavitt warned that the current year’s numbers could still change if new customers do not officially make payments.

More than 1 million people have signed up for plans in Texas, with about 180,000 in South Carolina, 150,000 in Louisiana and 90,000 in Mississippi.

HHS also announced Wednesday that 7.75 million people have signed up for ObamaCare using the federal exchange so far this year. Slavitt added that “millions more” have signed up through state exchanges, though he did not have specific numbers.