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Thursday marks key deadline to enroll in government health care

SAN ANTONIO – Thursday marks the second Open Enrollment deadline for the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace. 

For coverage starting on Feb. 1, it is important for people to sign-up now.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials said in a statement Wednesday that 859,377 Texans had enrolled for coverage as of Jan. 9.

Open enrollment began Nov. 15 and ends on Feb. 15. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said those who don't enroll by then may have to wait until next year to select a plan. 

The deadline is Thursday for consumers looking for coverage to begin on Feb. 1.

Health and Human Services officials say nearly 6.8 million people had selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled since open enrollment began.

KSAT's Leslie Mouton got a chance to speak with Secretary Burwell to find out what you need to know if you're considering signing up. The full interview could be seen above. 

Below is more information how to enroll: 

Click on healthcare.gov/ or cuidadodesalud.gov.

By Phone: Marketplace call center representatives are available to help all day, every day at 1-800-318-2596.

TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Assistance is available in 150 languages. The call is free. 

In person: Consumers can find local help at by visiting Localhelp.healthcare.gov.

Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov to review and compare health plan options and find out if they are eligible for financial assistance, which can help pay monthly premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs when receiving services.

To sign up for individual and family coverage, visit healthcare.gov/apply-and-enroll.

For more information about Health Insurance Marketplaces visit healthcare.gov/marketplace.