- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The percentage of young adults signing up for insurance coverage via Oregon’s troubled health-insurance exchange is nearly at the bottom when compared to sign-ups nationwide.

According to new statistics from the federal government released Tuesday, people age 18- to-34 now make up just 18 percent of the sign-ups for private insurance through Cover Oregon. Oregon ties with West Virginia as last in this age category.

Nationwide, this age group accounts for 25 percent of total enrollment.

By far, the largest category of Cover Oregon enrollees are people aged 55 to 64, which accounted for 40 percent of sign-ups. This age group also leads in sign-ups nationally, accounting for 30 percent of total enrollment.

Young adults’ premiums are needed to help defray the cost of caring for older generations.

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