Enrollment in Obamacare in Louisiana has hit 157,900, with the New Orleans area accounting for more than a third of the total as of Feb. 6.
That’s close to a 55 percent increase so far from the 102,000 Louisiana residents who bought coverage for 2014 through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment for 2015 ends Feb. 15.
In the New Orleans-Metairie area, 54,748 people selected or were automatically re-enrolled for 2015 in a plan through the marketplace. In the Baton Rouge area, 31,413 consumers selected or re-enrolled, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Roughly 42 percent of this year’s state total selected a plan for the first time. The remainder re-enrolled, according to HHS. As of December, 84 percent of the Louisiana enrollees could get coverage for $100 or less, after incentives.
Nationwide, 7.8 million consumers have selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled through healthcare.gov as of Feb. 6.
HHS officials are urging people who haven’t signed up for coverage to visit Healthcare.gov before the Feb. 15 deadline.