Idaho health insurance exchange officials say 19,922 people have bought insurance plans from the newly-created online marketplace. Nearly a third of those who purchased policies are between 55-and 64-years old. YourHealthIdaho.org is the portal Idaho set up to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.
The number of people signing up for these subsidized policies represents a huge increase from the exchange’s first rocky months. “The number of Idahoans who have selected a health insurance plan on YourHealthIdaho[.org] has increased by 1,000 percent from a month ago,” says spokesperson Jody Olson.
She says the increase comes, in part, because the federal government fixed many of the problems with its website, which is the platform that operates Idaho's marketplace. Olson says Idaho’s site was working much better in December. Exchange managers also expect many people waited to sign up closer to the time policies went into effect on Jan. 1.
Here are some more numbers on Idaho’s exchange from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- 24 percent of enrollees are between 18-34 (Young, healthy people buying health insurance is supposed to bring costs down overall.)
- 15 percent of enrolless are between 35-44
- 17 percent of enrolees are between 45-54
- 31 percent of enrollees are between 55-64
- 89 percent of enrollees purchased plans with financial assistance
- 25,828 completed applications for health insurance coverage
- 5,574 were eligible for Medicaid
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