Nearly 9,000 Wyo. residents sign up on ACA marketplace

SHERIDAN — The Equality State Policy Center reports that 6,838 Wyoming residents have purchased health insurance on the national marketplace established under the Affordable Care Act.

While enrollment percentages are comparable to other states’ statistics, the proportion of young people in Wyoming who enrolled in a health insurance plan was slightly higher — 27 versus 25 percent nationally.

Out of all the people who bought insurance on the exchange, 92 percent qualified for some level of financial assistance in the form of a federal subsidy, and 66 percent purchased the silver level plan. Those who paid full price for their premiums, 37 percent bought bronze plans and 3 percent bought catastrophic plans.

An estimated 14,296 people in Wyoming are eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan, and 9,507 of those would be eligible for financial assistance.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that as of last fall, the rate of uninsured people in the state is roughly 15 percent of Wyoming’s population, or 89,000.

Older Wyomingites, ages 55-64, represented 31 percent of marketplace insurance purchases.

Navigator Team Leader at the Institute for Population Health Tracy Brosius said the recent extension granted for enrollees who need more time to complete their application for insurance will help more people attain coverage.

“We anticipate a continued increase in the number of people who contact 2-1-1 to find a navigator for assistance in the Marketplace,” she said.

Last week, the White House announced enrollment across the country hit the 6 million mark.

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