Looking toward the end of 2014 open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s health exchanges, Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said Thursday at an AHIP conference that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expecting a “fairly significant spike in enrollments” — similar to that experienced at the end of December.

Cohen, whose end-of-month resignation was announced Tuesday, said Healthcare.gov has been continually tested and is expected to be able to handle a large influx of users toward the end of March. This expected spike is in conjunction with expanded advertising launches to remind people of the enrollment deadline and possible penalties.

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