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Youth enrollment in Obamacare just "okay"

In Florida, as in the nation, women and older adults are signing up for health insurance in greater numbers than any other group using the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges.

The state’s pace reflects a national trend among the more than two million Americans who have signed up through December.

The Obama administration on Monday unveiled for the first time age, gender and financial aid data for the insurance exchanges, revealing that in Florida and the nation, more than half of all those who signed up are women, and about one in three enrollees are between the ages of 55 and 64.

Women and older Americans have been expected to sign up in large numbers because traditionally they have paid higher prices for health insurance than men and younger people.

Young adults are key to creating stable insurance markets because they are expected to subsidize older and sicker adults. But fewer young adults than the Obama administration expected have signed up so far, according to enrollment numbers released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Nationally, about one in four enrollees, or roughly 489,000 individuals, were in the 18 to 34 age group. That held true in Florida, too, where roughly 21 percent, or about 33,000 individuals, were 18 to 34.

About 36 percent of Floridians who selected a plan, or more than 56,000 people, were between 55 and 64. Florida also saw women participate in greater numbers, making up about 55 percent of enrollees who selected a plan, or 86,000 people. Read more.



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