61,494 in Mississippi enroll in US-run health exchange

other_state_newsJACKSON (AP) – New figures show 61,494 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a federal government website, out of more than 117,000 who were eligible.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released enrollees in each state between Oct. 1 and March 31.

Ninety-four percent of Mississippians who bought coverage on the healthcare.gov website qualified for government subsidies to pay for coverage, the highest share of any state. The mid-tier silver plan was selected by 79 percent of Mississippi enrollees, also the top share among states.

The figures show 31 percent of Mississippi enrollees are between 18 and 34. Also, 59 percent are women and 41 percent are men.

The online marketplaces, called health exchanges, were created by the health overhaul signed by President Barack Obama.

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  • charlie

    The repubs need to think about who these 61,000 are going to vote for in the next election.

  • Kevin

    Even with the government subsidies, most plans for a single adult still cost around $400 per month. I don’t see why they call it the “Affordable Health Care Act” when the insurance offered via the exchange is hardly affordable.