Feds say NC near top for insurance market sign-ups

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by 13News Now/The Associated Press

WVEC.com

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- New data from the federal government shows North Carolina ranked near the top for consumers buying insurance policies on a subsidized marketplace.
 
The Obama administration said Thursday almost 360,000 people enrolled in a private insurance plan offered on a federally run marketplace over the six-month sign-up period ending in March. More than 90 percent got a subsidy to buy coverage.
 
Only California, Florida, Texas and New York enrolled more.
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says more than 581,000 people completed an application and were determined to be eligible for plan enrollment, meaning that 67 percent of those eligible enrolled.
 
The report says for the 250,000 people whose race is known, two-thirds are white, 23 percent are black and 3 percent are Latino.

In Virginia, 216,356 individuals selected a marketplace plan.

HHS also announced that an additional 36,556 Virginians enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP through the end of March 2014, compared to enrollment before the Marketplace opened last October.  Virginia has not decided to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“More than 216,356 Virginians signed up through the Marketplace, demonstrating brisk demand for quality, affordable coverage,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Together we are ensuring that health coverage is more accessible than ever before, which is important for families, for businesses and for Virginia’s health and wellbeing.”

The report says for the 216,356 Virginians who selected a plan, 54 percent are female and 46 percent are male; 39 percent are under age 35; 31 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34; 64 percent selected a Silver plan, while 22 percent selected a Bronze plan; 82 percent selected a plan with financial assistance.

Click here to read the full marketplace enrollment report
 

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