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    Health Insurance & Affordable Care Act Finished Strong Despite Rocky Start, Enrollment Data Show


    The largest number of Latinos enrolled in border states, including Texas at 33.6 percent, New Mexico at 31.1 percent, Arizona at 24 .2 percent and Florida at 19.2 percent.

    The states participating in the federal exchange with the largest share of African-American enrollees were Mississippi at 59.5 percent, Georgia at 38.6 percent and Louisiana at 37.9 percent.

    The highest enrollment of Asians among federal exchange states occurred in Virginia at 17.7 percent, New Jersey at 16.3 percent and Georgia at 14.8 percent.

    Among the 8 million enrollees, 54 percent are women and 46 percent are men. Federal officials said they expected that gender gap because women are generally more likely to buy insurance than men.

    About two-thirds of enrollees chose a mid-level, or silver plan—largely because that was the best deal for consumers getting a government subsidy. Overall, about 85 percent of people buying plans received subsidies.

    Just 20 percent chose bronze plans, which had lower monthly premiums but higher deductibles and co-payments.

    Nationally, about 60 percent of 13.5 million people who started to apply for coverage on the marketplaces–and were deemed eligible for the exchange plans based on their income and insurance states — completed the enrollment process. About 63 percent of people completed the enrollment process on the state exchanges and 57 percent completed it on the federal exchange used by 36 states.

    The 8 million-plus enrollees exceeded the projection made by the Congressional Budget Office, which had originally forecast 7 million would sign up in 2014, then downgraded that to 6 million after the rocky rollout of the federal exchange made it almost impossible for people to sign up in October and November.

    Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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