Thursday, April 24, 2014 · 2:17 a.m.

After a rough start, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act increased in November. 

About 1.2 million people have now gotten coverage through marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act, which is commonly called Obamacare, according to The Washington Post

President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act will provide access to health care coverage to 30 million people.

It includes provisions such as preventing insurers from denying benefits based on pre-existing conditions. It allows people to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26. It requires coverage to include a free annual wellness visit, among an array of other benefits. 

The Affordable Care Act requires nearly everyone to have some sort of health care insurance or pay a penalty, and the coverage must meet the minimum requirements under the law. 

Click here to read about the number of enrollees that officials reported about a month ago. 

As officials released new numbers Wednesday, a new report found that four out of 10 Americans said they would rather pay the penalty than buy health insurance. 

"One of the key questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act is whether or not young Americans—especially healthy, young Americans—will sign up for health insurance," Laura Adams,’s senior analyst, said in a prepared statement. "This research sheds a positive light on that segment of the population. However, it’s concerning that about three in 10 Americans still don’t know about the possible fines."

Click here to see the entire report. 

Click here for more information or to apply online for coverage and here for more information from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, which has a site to help educate consumers. 

Click here for more information from American Exchange, which is a Chattanooga-based company that signs people up for the Affordable Care Act for free.   

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