The number of health insurance companies offering policies on beginning Nov. 15 — the start of the next open enrollment period — will jump to 249 from the 191 that participated during the first enrollment period. And that’s after subtracting nine companies that are opting out.

In announcing the uptick, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathew Burwell said her first priority is “improving access and affordability through the marketplace. In order to make sure that Americans continue to access affordable choices, we have to get right.”

Burwell was referring to the many technical glitches that hampered the launch of, the federal marketplace for the 36 states that chose not to set up their own health insurance exchanges.

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