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Published: Dec 11, 2013 10:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - As consumers face a Dec. 23 enrollment deadline if they want to have coverage on the first of the year, the federal health insurance website serving 36 states continues to have issues. Just yesterday, there was an extended maintenance outage.

But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) told lawmakers today that she's seeing some "very, very positive trends," with people starting to "re-engage."

New numbers show that 364,000 had signed up as of the end of November. That's more than three times the October total, but it's still not close to the numbers that were projected. Sebelius says another 1.9 million people have made it through the enrollment process, but haven't yet picked a plan.

Sebelius announced earlier today that she's asking for an investigation into the administration's botched rollout of HealthCare.gov. She wants the department's inspector general to look into the contracting process, management and performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch.