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Indiana Healthcare Enrollments Jumped In Dec.

Posted On January 14, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

 

healthcare-stethoscope-health-doctor(Undated) – The number of Hoosiers signing up for healthcare through the federal online exchange was way up in December.

 

More than 26,900 Indiana residents signed up at Healthcare.gov last month, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That number dwarfed the nearly 3,500 who signed up in the first two months combined.

 

Nationally, 1.78 million people signed up through either state or federal exchanges in December, bringing the total since October to 2.15 million.

 

“Our outreach efforts have ramped up, so whether it’s through public service announcements, events, our champions or other means, we are doing all we can to find, inform and enroll those who can benefit from the Marketplace,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

 

The new enrollees could pose a problem for the health care program set up by the Affordable Care Act. Hoosiers ages 55 to 64 made up about 39 percent of those selecting a plan, while those age 45 to 54 accounted for 20 percent of the signups. Those are the oldest and most costly demographics, as Medicare kicks in at age 65.

 

Only about 21 percent of the enrollees were ages 18 to 34. Experts think about 40 percent of all Obamacare enrollees need to be in that demographic to make the program work financially. Only 24 percent of enrollees nationally were 18 to 34.

 

One in five Hoosiers on the federal exchange are getting financial assistance for their health plan.