More than 210,000 people in South Carolina selected plans or were reenrolled in the federal health insurance marketplace in the enrollment cycle that ended Feb. 15, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
As of March 2, about 174,000 had paid a first premium or were still in a grace period after paying premiums last year, according to the S.C. Department of Insurance. That’s a more accurate accounting of how many are covered by the insurance set up under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
The new numbers mark a major increase from the 118,000 who signed up in the first cycle. The numbers released Tuesday indicate 58 percent of those who selected plans were new to the healthcare.gov system this cycle.
About 89,000 people who had the insurance at the end of last year either re-enrolled or were automatically re-enrolled. Of those, about 48,000 didn't go online and enroll, and it's unclear how many of those won't pay their first premium and get coverage.
About 88 percent of South Carolinians who signed up are eligible for tax subsidies to help pay their monthly premiums. Also, 34 percent of the applicants were younger than age 35.