Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that more than 230,000 customers selected health plans through Healthplanfinder by the Dec. 15 deadline for coverage that begins on Jan. 1.

Those selections represent a 35 percent increase over the same point in time last year. The updated total also eclipses the record 225,000 sign-ups documented at the close of the previous open enrollment period.

The Exchange also saw a surge in new plan selections from individuals who were not enrolled on Washington Healthplanfinder last year. More than 64,000 selections are an 89 percent jump in new plan selections from 2016.

“We are very pleased with the early results and continue to work with people still seeking coverage,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.

 Customers who have not yet applied for coverage still have until Jan. 15 to sign up for health and dental plans that begin on Feb. 1. Those who want 2018 coverage need to finalize their health and dental plan selections by the Jan. 15 deadline.