More than 10 million people remain covered under plans on the health insurance exchanges

More than 10 million people had paid their premiums after enrolling in plans on the health insurance exchanges and remained covered as of March 31, according a report released on June 2 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

During the open enrollment period, which ended on Feb. 22, approximately 11.7 million people in the U.S. had signed up for coverage on the exchanges, which were introduced as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. By the end of March, 10.2 million people had an active policy.

In a news release, CMS said the number of people enrolled was consistent with its projections and that it was on target to reach its goal of having 9.1 million people still enrolled by the end of 2015. The numbers fluctuate each month as people do not pay their premiums or receive coverage elsewhere such as through their jobs or spouse's health plan.

As of March 31, 7.3 million people had enrolled and paid for their premiums through the 34 states in which the federal government runs the marketplaces. An additional 2.9 million people in the remaining 16 states and Washington, D.C., had enrolled in state-based exchanges.