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Federal insurance enrollment up 36 percent in Indiana

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Nearly 65,000 Indiana residents have signed up for private insurance under the federal health care law, but the number is still far short of initial projections as the open enrollment deadline nears.

Federal officials said Tuesday that 64,972 Indiana residents had signed up as of March 1. That's an increase of about 17,700, or 36 percent, from the previous month, but is well short of the 100,000 people originally expected to have signed up during the first five months of enrollment.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has estimated 125,000 Indiana residents will enroll by the March 31 deadline.

The data show more women than men have signed up. More than a third of Indiana enrollees are ages 55 to 64.

About 900,000 Indiana residents lack health insurance.

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  • affordable?
    Affordable health insurance?? Go ahead and get on healthcare.gov and follow the prompts, plug in your info, and look at the rates and the plans. Two things jump out; if you don't qualify for a subsidy, the rates are far from affordable (and note the deductibles!) and if you do get the subsidy, who do you thnk is paying it? Quite simply, the ACA is simply not a sustainable plan.
  • GOP
    Sign more people up under Medicaid with the same amount of tax payer dollars available to pay for it. Therefore, the 10 cents on the dollar doctors and hospitals receive for Medicaid is reduced even further. Not against helping out the poor but simply expanding Medicaid is fiscally irresponsible for the well-being of the State. There have to be other alternatives or maybe a combination from which to work...
  • Thank you
    Thank you Markus. you describe the uncaring attitude of our "republican" polititions to a tee. Sad.
  • It could be higher
    If the Indiana GOP wasn't adamantly opposed to people getting health insurance even more Hoosiers would have it. GOP is perfectly happy to see people in pain. They don't care one bit if that person is too poor to afford the care they need.
    • How Many
      How many of those people who have signed up under the law were actually perviously uninsured? Or, are these people choosing to leave their employer sponsored plan for the marketplace???

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