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Sign-ups for Obamacare lagging in Indiana

January 10, 2017

More than 167,000 Indiana residents have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, despite Republican plans to repeal Obamacare.

That's about 14,400 fewer people than at the same time last year, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

Federal figures released Tuesday show a quarter of enrollees live in rural Indiana. More than half are between 45 and 64 years old, and another 22 percent are 18 to 34. Sixty-four percent are white.

Seventy-three percent qualify for cost-reducing tax credits of $264 per month, on average.

Enrollment continues on HealthCare.gov through the end of January.

To ensure coverage that starts Feb. 1, consumers should sign up by Sunday.

Nationally, 11.5 million people have signed up for marketplace coverage as of Dec. 24. That's 290,000 more than last year at the same time, but well short of the 13.8 million people who HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell projected would sign up during the 2017 open-enrollment period. During the 2016 period, 12.7 people signed up for Obamacare.

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