624 Alabamians pick plans in insurance marketplace

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 624
Alabamians selected health insurance plans in the first month that
Alabama's federally run health insurance marketplace was available.

That's equal to one-tenth of 1 percent of the estimated 677,000 Alabamians without health insurance.

department says more than 10,500 applications were completed in Alabama
in October, and they covered more than 20,800 people.

Of that
number, more than 2,260 were eligible for Medicaid or Alabama's health
insurance plan for children. Among those who made applications, 4,910
were eligible to enroll in a plan with federal financial assistance, but
few took the next step to select a plan.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius predicts the numbers will increase.

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