Federal health officials said 560,357 North Carolinians had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act as of Feb. 22, about 200,000 more than had enrolled last year.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 92 percent of those enrollments qualified for a premium tax credit, or subsidy. The average subsidy was $315 a month, so that 65 percent of enrollees paid less than $100 a month for health insurance after accounting for tax credits.
The agency said 37 percent of those enrolled are under 35 years of age, slightly higher than the national average of 35 percent. Youth is a key metric used to assess the strength of a health insurance market because young customers use little health care and their premiums subsidize older users.
About half the state’s total enrollments are new consumers who didn’t have Marketplace coverage last fall, and about half were enrolled in 2014, DHHS said.
The enrollment figures reflect numbers of people who selected a plan, not the total number of those who bought insurance. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has previously said that around 15 percent of those who pick a plan never make a payment to buy insurance.
Since the ACA was rolled out last year, North Carolina has been among the highest-enrolling states in the country.