Health care signups: More older Americans so far
WASHINGTON - It's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. At least, that's how it looks for now.
Administration officials released age and gender breakdowns on Monday for more than 2 million Americans who had enrolled for government-subsidized private insurance by the end of December.
Adults from 55-64 were 33 percent of the total. Young adults from 18-34 were only 24 percent. Not a bad start, say independent experts, but it should be more like 40 percent to help control premiums.
In Louisiana, more than 17,500 people had signed up for coverage by December. More women have signed up than men, and one-third of those getting insurance are 55 to 64 years old.
Four out of every five Louisiana residents who registered for insurance through the marketplace have received federal financial subsidies to help cover costs.
Officials say they expect a surge of younger people toward the end of open enrollment March 31.