Louisiana enrollment has climbed to 148,552 residents under Obamacare, with the New Orleans metro area accounting for more than a third of the total.
A year ago, about 102,000 Louisiana residents enrolled in plans offered through the online federal marketplace.
Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ends Feb. 15.
As of Jan. 30, 52,172 consumers in the New Orleans-Metairie area selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in one. In the Baton Rouge area, 29,381 consumers were, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This is the first time HHS figures included enrollment numbers for metro areas. As of Jan. 30, close to 7.5 million people nationwide have enrolled or re-enrolled through the HealthCare.gov website.
Roughly 88 percent of Louisiana residents who have signed up for coverage qualify for financial assistance, and 84 percent are paying less than $100 a month for their policies, according to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.
Although enrollment figures have improved for 2015, the number of people covered remains well below the original projections. In 2010, the Congressional Budget Office estimated 13 million people would be covered through Obamacare exchanges in 2015. The Obama administration’s most recent estimates place the number at 9 million
Meanwhile, critics have questioned the value of some of the federal marketplace plans, many of which feature high deductibles. The people who buy those policies basically have to cover all medical costs unless a catastrophe occcurs.