Some 126,454 Louisiana residents have gotten coverage through the Affordable Care Act, roughly 24,000 more than in all of 2014.
The figures were release Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Insurance executives in Louisiana had expected 2015 enrollment in what is commonly referred to as “Obamcare” to exceed 2014. Enrollment for the first year of the program was hampered initially by website glitches on the Federal Marketplace.
Open enrollment for 2015 began Nov. 15. During the first month, 91 percent of the Louisiana consumers who selected plans are getting financial assistance, according to HHS.
Health officials are urging people to enroll by the end of Thursday, the deadline to have coverage in place by Feb. 1.
Open enrollment ends Feb. 15. Those who don’t enroll before then may have to wait until 2016 to sign up for affordable coverage, said Health Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.
Nationally, nearly 6.8 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.