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Health care signups: More older Americans so far

January 13, 2014 • Business


This handout photo provided by the Brookings Institution, and taken on June 25, 2013, shows Health and Human Services Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Gary Cohen speaking at the Institution in Washington. Health insurance sign-ups under President Barack Obama’s law have skewed toward an older, costlier crowd. “We think that more and more young people are going to sign up as time goes by,” said Cohen. (AP Photo/Brookings Institution, Paul Morigi)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to government figures released Monday. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.

Young adults from 18 to 34 are only 24 percent of total enrollment, the administration said in its first signup figures broken down for age, gender and other details. With the HealthCare.gov website now working, the figures Login to read more

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