12-Thousand Wyomingites Enrolled In The Health Insurance Marketplace

May 1, 2014

Final numbers show that nearly 12-thousand Wyoming residents have signed up for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  

The U-S Department of Health and Human Services says 93 percent of those who enrolled in Wyoming received financial assistance, which is the highest percentage in the nation. 

Wyoming was also ahead of the national average in another category. Officials say that 29 percent of enrollees are in the 18 to 34 age group. Experts say it's those healthy, young people, who will help pay for the Affordable Care Act.

At the same time, Wyoming saw a decline in Medicaid and CHIP enrollment by over 4-thousand people.  An HHS official says it’s difficult to say what happened to that population, but he figures it has to do with Wyoming’s improving economy, meaning that those people may no longer be eligible for the programs.  HHS says the majority of Wyoming enrollees didn’t have health insurance when they signed up.