More than 152,300 Missourians selected plans on the federal HealthCare.gov site, the online marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which had projected 118,000 enrollments for the state.
After the website’s glitchy launch in October, navigators struggled to meet the monthly projections. But the new data shows enrollment exceeding the original projection by 29 percent.
Nationally, more than 8 million people have enrolled. About 4.8 million more gained coverage through Medicaid.
An executive with the Missouri Foundation for Health, which ran the largest enrollment campaign in the state, said he was pleased that 30 percent of Missouri enrollees were between the ages of 18 and 34, which is 2 percent higher than the national average. He said this should stabilize the premiums in 2015 and prevent a large increase. Younger enrollees are needed to balance the health care costs for older, less healthy patients.