The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 11, 2014

Illinois health insurance signups lag behind goals


Associated Press

CHICAGO — Nearly 900 Illinois residents per day signed up for coverage on the health insurance marketplace last month. But the state must quicken that pace to reach a goal set by President Barack Obama's administration.

Federal figures released Tuesday show 113,733 Illinois residents signed up for coverage during the first five months of the nation's new marketplace system. That's somewhat short of the original five-month goal of 114,400.

One-third of the Illinoisans signing up for coverage are older, ages 55 to 64. That's a group more likely to have expensive medical needs than younger people.

The most popular plans are the so-called silver plans with 56 percent of Illinois enrollees choosing them over other plans.

Time is running out. The open enrollment period closes March 31.