55% of Obamacare sign-ups are 45 or older

55% of Obamacare sign-ups are 45 or older

Across the country, some 33% of the nearly 2.2 million people who signed up were between the ages of 55 and 64, and an additional 22% were between 45 and 54, according to nationwide data compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services. The federal government is running insurance exchanges on behalf of 36 states, while 14 states and the District of Columbia are operating their own exchanges.

Each state is treated as a separate insurance market by health plans. Mixes ranged across the country, with West Virginia and Wisconsin each reporting that 45% of their enrollees to date are over 55, compared with 25% in Utah.

The District of Columbia reported having the highest proportion of 26- to 34-year-olds among its enrollees — 37%. Exchange director Mila Kofman said that had been achieved by focusing enrollment outreach on places where younger people could be found, including local bars.

State numbers were uneven. Only 118,532 people enrolled in private plans in Texas, the nation’s second most-populous state after California, while 107,778 enrolled in North Carolina, which has fewer than half as many people.

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