WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu May 1, 2014
Federal Government Releases Health Exchange Sign Up Numbers For Tennessee, Indiana
We learned last week the number of Kentuckians who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act surpassed 400,000. Thursday, the federal government released numbers for Kentucky’s neighbors to the north and the south.
Kentucky was aggressive in promoting Kynect, but neither Tennessee nor Indiana chose to set up a similar state exchange, directing residents instead to the federal site. On Thursday, the federal government said signups in Tennessee totaled 151, 000 about 23 percent more than forecast, boosted by a surge of sign-ups in March, the final month to enroll. In Indiana, meantime 132,000 residents signed up through the Affordable Care Act.
Numbers show that’s only about half of those who were eligible to do so.
In both Tennessee and Indiana, federal numbers show about a quarter of sign-ups were adults ages 18-to-34.
This report contains material from the Associated Press