HHS: 4.2 million enrolled in Affordable Care Act; 1.6 million through state exchanges


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The Department of Health and Human Services released the latest set of numbers for enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, including a state-by-state breakdown.

According to the department, more than 4.2 million Americans have enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace through the end of February, with 1.6 million of those going through state-based marketplaces, although some of the numbers from the states include incomplete data.

The remaining 2.6 million came from the federally facilitated marketplace.

In a statement, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius believed enrollment would further increase as the March 31 deadline to enroll for this year approaches.

Of the more than 4.2 million:

  • 55 percent are female and 45 percent are male;
  • 31 percent are age 34 and under;
  • 25 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34;
  • 63 percent selected a Silver plan (up 1 percentage point over the prior reporting period), while 18 percent selected a Bronze plan (down 1 point)

The report features cumulative data for the five-month reporting period because some people apply, shop and select a plan across monthly reporting periods. Enrollment is measured as those who selected a plan.