Obamacare Demographic Data: Youths Wanted
After an eight-fold increase in enrollment, 18-34 year olds represented approximately one-quarter of people signing up for marketplace healthcare plans. The Department of Health and Human Services (or, HHS) released the long-awaited demographic data along with the enrollment figures for October 1 through December 28.
HHS reports that just under 2.2 million people have selected a plan, but there is no data on how many of these individuals have paid for their insurance. Women have been more likely to sign up than men, accounting for 54 percent of enrollees.
The Silver plan has been the most popular, with 60 percent choosing that level of coverage. Of all enrollees, 79 percent are the recipients of federal aid. In providing the demographic break-downs, HHS combined state, and federal figures, but listed the individual components as well. The information is an important step forward in understanding who has signed up for coverage, and which groups need to be targeted if the law is to succeed. So far, youth enrollment is below previous administration expectations.