Young and old sign up on WA health exchange

Young and old sign up on WA health exchange

A screenshot of the HealthCare.gov website, which has experienced numerous glitches since it was launched Oct. 1.

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Early sign-ups on Washington's health care exchange include both young and old, in contrast to what some other states are reporting.
 
According to data released Friday by state officials, the Washington residents who signed up for health insurance during October come from across the state and are also economically diverse. Most applications have come from one-person households and about 22.6 percent of the enrollees buying private plans were in the 18-to-34-year-old category. More than half are between the ages of 45 and 64.
 
In contrast, officials from California, Kentucky and Ohio say most of their applicants are older people.
 
In Washington in the first month after health care reform launched on Oct. 1, about 57,730 insurance sign-ups were completed.

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