UPDATE: Feds: 56K Wis. residents signed up for insurance

UPDATED Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --- 6:58 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The federal government says more than 56,000 Wisconsin residents have selected a health care plan through the online federal exchanges.

The figures released Wednesday reflect signups from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1. The 56,436 signups are a 38 percent increase over the nearly 41,000 people who signed up through Dec. 28.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 89 percent of Wisconsin residents who selected plans were receiving federal help in paying premiums.

About 56 percent of those who've signed up are female, compared to 44 percent male.

The most popular coverage option in the state continued to be the silver plan, which covers about 70 percent of expected medical costs. Seventy percent of Wisconsin residents chose silver plans.

The open enrollment period ends March 31.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
Posted Monday, January 13, 2014 ---- 5:57 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Nearly half of the Wisconsin and West Virginia residents who signed up for health insurance through the new online exchanges are senior citizens, which could lead to higher insurance rates in those two states.

The federal government released its latest signup numbers figures Monday. They show that 45 percent of enrollees in those two states were between the ages of 55 and 64. No other state had a higher portion of seniors sign up.

Generally, states want a sizable number of young people to enroll so their participation offsets the costs of covering older, sicker Americans.

Federal officials say the higher rates in Wisconsin and West Virginia could reflect state demographics, as well as a tendency for older residents to sign up before younger people.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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