More Alabamians signing up for health insurance

The number of Alabamians signing up for the federally operated health
insurance marketplace jumped significantly in the last month, with more
than 28,600 signed up through late December.

Enrollment under the
federal health care law started Oct. 1, and about 3,450 in Alabama had
signed up through the end of November.

The Department of Health
and Human Services says 58 percent of those who have signed up are
women. That's slightly more than the national average. The biggest group
signing up in Alabama was those 55 to 64 years old, in line with the
national trend. About 70 percent of the Alabamians picked the
second-level silver plan.

Nationally, about 60 percent went with
the silver plan. Twenty percent nationally picked the bottom-level
bronze plan compared to 9 percent in Alabama.

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