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Exceeding predictions, 217,000 Illinoisans sign up for Obamacare insurance

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS
Editor | Shield HealthCare
05/22/14  11:29 PM PST
Illinoisans sign up for Obamacare

So far, more than 217,000 people in Illinois have bought private health insurance created under the Affordable Care Act in its first year of open enrollment.

Pushed by last-minute sign-ups, Illinois, like most states, exceeded the expectations set by the federal government.

But the number of Hispanics who bought a plan — both in Illinois and nationally— fell short compared to the number of eligible Hispanics who lacked insurance, the federal government reported Thursday.

And nationally, the percentage of young and theoretically healthy enrollees didn’t budge much.

The 217,492 enrollment numbers for Illinois do not differentiate between people who bought and paid for a health insurance plan versus those who have not made a payment on the insurance plan they selected, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

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Contributing: Associated Press

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