INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
More than 40 percent of Indiana residents who could have chosen an insurance
plan in the first year of the health care overhaul didnít enroll before the
deadline, according to government figures released Thursday.
Data from the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services show that a total of nearly 230,000
Indiana residents were eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan, but only
about 132,000 had done so by the March 31 deadline.
Even so, the
enrollment figures exceeded estimates from the federal government, which had
projected that 125,000 Indiana residents would sign up by the deadline.
Nearly 30 percent
of those signing up in Indiana were ages 55 to 64. About one-fourth were 18
to 34. Nationally, the government said that 28 percent of those who selected
a Marketplace plan were young adults.
of the Indiana residents who enrolled were women, and 44 percent were male.
That is nearly the same as the national figure.
Obama administration says 8 million Americans chose a health plan.
Indiana chose not
to set up a state health insurance exchange. Before taking office in 2013,
Gov. Mike Pence said that setting up an exchange would cost the state too
much money, and then-Gov. Mitch Daniels made Penceís stance official by
notifying the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2012.
Daniels said he
ceded the decision to his successor because the new system would go into
effect during Penceís term.
that building the online marketplace, which would resemble Travelocity,
would cost $50 million.
The bigger question
for many of Indianaís poorer residents is what will happen with the
state-run Healthy Indiana Plan. Pence has submitted a request to the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services seeking to use the state-run program in
place of a traditional Medicaid expansion. The state is still waiting on an
answer to its request.