ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Community Calendar

Vernal Pool Frog Hike
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Charlestown

Frank Olean Center Benefit Concert
Noon - 5 p.m. Westerly

A History of Stepfamilies in Early America
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Is Your Dog A Wolf?
1:00p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Gospel in Granite
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

The Foursome
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Westerly

Charity Dine Around
4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Westerly

Rabies Vaccination Clinic
9 a.m. - Noon Westerly

... View all of today's events

Stay Connected


ADVERTISEMENT


Enrollment skews older in Conn. health marketplace


HARTFORD (AP) — Older people are signing up for health care coverage under Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, data released Tuesday showed.

Fifty-four percent of the 12,648 individuals enrolled in private insurance plans and government-funded Medicaid are between 45 and 64 years old, according to demographic information as of Nov. 14 released by the marketplace, Access Health CT.

Of just the 7,092 who enrolled in private insurance, 61 percent are between 45 and 64.

One concern about the insurance marketplaces that are a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care law was they won’t attract young, healthy people to make them financially viable. Insurers have warned they need a wide range of people signing up for coverage because premiums paid by younger and healthier adults are needed to offset the cost of carrying older and sicker customers who typically generate far more in medical bills than they contribute in premiums.

Connecticut is not alone. In California, most of those who applied were older people with health problems. In Kentucky, nearly 3 of 4 enrollees were over 35. In Washington state, less than a quarter of enrollees were between 18 and 34.

More young people could just be waiting to sign up. They have until Dec. 15 if they want to be covered Jan. 1.

Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan said he expects a surge in enrollment in private insurance plans after Thanksgiving and until mid-December.

According to Connecticut’s latest enrollment data, 10 percent of total enrollees since Oct. 1 are between the ages of 18 and 25, 12 percent between 26 and 34 and 12 percent between 35 and 44. The rest are either under 18 or are 65 and older. Among those signing up for private plans, 8 percent are between 18 and 25; 11 percent between 26 and 34; and 12 percent between 35 and 44.

Access Health said 7,092 individuals have enrolled in private plans while 5,224 signed up for Medicaid. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is the most popular private plan choice.

Among those enrolling in the private plans, 31 percent did not receive any financial subsidy.



Back to State
Top Stories of the Week

Randall’s Ordinary sold, will return …
NORTH STONINGTON — One of the oldest homes in the area is being saved, much to the delight of local historians. Randall’s Ordinary, the old … more ...

Two charged after selling heroin to undercover officers …
WESTERLY — A 24-year-old local man with a criminal drug history is in trouble with the law again after he allegedly sold heroin to undercover … more ...

Police logs: Thursday, March 26, 2015 …
Westerly October K. Greene, 38, of 155 Alton Bradford Road, Bradford was charged Tuesday with larceny under $1,500. Stonington Daniel J. Southerland, 39, of Groton, … more ...

Changes to applicant’s Hopkinton truck stop proposal miff zoning officials …
HOPKINTON — Members of the Zoning Board expressed surprise and annoyance when a lawyer representing Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores announced a change in … more ...

Police logs: Friday, March 27, 2015 …
Westerly Charles F. Turner, 29, of Oakdale, Conn., was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, first offense, blood alcohol content … more ...

Latest Comments