Health Insurance Enrollees Tend To Be Older So Far

WASHINGTON (January 13, 2014) Obama Administration officials released age and gender breakdowns on Monday for the more than 2 million Americans who enrolled for government-subsidized private insurance by the end of December.

Thirty-three percent were adults from 55 to 64.

Medicare kicks in at 65.

Young adults from 18-34 represented 24 percent of those who have enrolled, which is not a bad start, according to independent experts, but the figure should be closer to 40 percent in order to help control premiums.

Officials say they expect a surge of younger people toward the end of open enrollment March 31.

Women represented 54 percent of those who signed up.

Of the total so far, nearly four out of five have gotten financial help.

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