SANTA FE — As the March 31 deadline for open enrollment bears down, the number of people in New Mexico signing up for individual policies under the Affordable Care Act fell for the second consecutive month.

Between Feb. 2 and March 1, 3,392 people in New Mexico enrolled, compared to 3,932 people who signed up the month before, a drop of 13.7 percent. The previous month saw a 41.8 percent decline when compared to December.

But Debra Hammer,spokeswoman for the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, remains upbeat.