The Obama Administration announced today more than 5 million people signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange website during the open enrollment period that ended about a month ago.
Arizona's portion of those enrollees is 120,071, or about 2 percent. About 77 percent of Arizona residents who signed up for health insurance since the open enrollment period began in October qualified for some amount of financial assistance, according to numbers released today from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Arizona and 23 other states expanded their Medicaid enrollment eligibility requirements. In the coming months, it will become clear how many of those who enrolled in Medicaid during the open enrollment period were newly-eligible, said Mike Hash, a healthcare reform official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
“States will be required as they claim their matching payments, to identify, specifically, which of their enrollees are in the newly-eligible category," he said.
Two demographic groups sought during the open-enrollment period for health insurance were Hispanics and young people.
Federal numbers show about 20 percent of Arizonans who enrolled self-reported as Latino, and about 43 percent were younger than 35 years at the time of enrollment.