MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Nearly 44,000 Alabamians have used the federal health care law to sign up for insurance through the state’s federally operated insurance exchange.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 18,024 Alabamians signed up in January. The sign-ups began in October with 624, grew to 2,824 by the end of November and increased to 25,839 in December. They grew to 43,863 by the end of January.
The department said 59 percent of those who have signed up in Alabama are women, which is slightly higher than the national average.
There was an increase in younger enrollees in January in Alabama, with 28 percent between the ages of 18 and 34. That is slightly higher than the national average. Still, slightly more than half of those who have signed up in Alabama are between 45 and 64.
The exchange offers plans at bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. The department reports that 73 percent of Alabamians have chosen the silver plan, which is the most popular plan nationwide.
Of the nearly 44,000 who have signed up in Alabama, 85 percent qualify for financial assistance, which is slightly higher than the national average, the department reported.
Those who have signed up represent a small part of the estimated 650,000 Alabamians who didn’t have health insurance when the federal program began.
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