Nearly 43,000 Nebraskans Enroll in Marketplace

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LINCOLN, Neb. - A new federal report says nearly 43,000 Nebraskans signed up for health insurance in the six months since the federal marketplace was launched.

Nationwide, enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace surged to eight million at the end of the first enrollment period, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday.

In Nebraska alone, 42,975 individuals selected a Marketplace plan. The final enrollment reporting period spans from October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and includes “in line” and other enrollment activity through Saturday, April 19, 2014.

According to the findings, Medicaid and CHIP enrollment in Nebraska through the end of March 2014 has fallen by 9,546 individuals compared to enrollment before October 1, 2013.

Nebraska has not decided to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“More than 42,975 Nebraskans signed up through the Marketplace, demonstrating brisk demand for quality, affordable coverage,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Key findings from the report include:

· 42,975 Nebraskans selected Marketplace plans from October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014.

· Of the 42,975 Nebraskans who selected a plan:

o 54% are female and 46% are male;

o 41% are under age 35;

o 29% are between the ages of 18 and 34;

o 62% selected a Silver plan, while 23% selected a Bronze plan; and,

o 87% selected a plan with financial assistance.

The report measures enrollment as those who selected a plan.