Most of the 8 million Americans who signed up for a private health plan through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges — and who exercised the option to report their race and ethnicity — identified as white, and a majority of enrollees are older and female, according to the latest enrollment data released Thursday.
Nearly half of all enrollees, or about 3.8 million people, signed up during the final month of the six-month open enrollment period, which closed on March 31, though the final tally includes those consumers who were allowed to choose a plan through April 19 because they were either “in line” when the deadline arrived or they reported a qualifying “life change.”
An additional 4.8 million Americans also received coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to the report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The federal agency also reported that 35 percent, or roughly 2.7 million of the consumers who selected a health plan are younger than age 35 — a group that insurance analysts believe will help spread the risk of health coverage across a broader pool, and possibly help to hold down premium rate increases.
Among the 36 states using the federally-run insurance exchange, Florida led the way with 983,775 people enrolled — trailing only California, which signed up 1.4 million people through its state-based exchange. Read more.