- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Newly released data show the majority of Connecticut residents who signed up for private health insurance plans through the state’s exchange are 35 years and older.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued figures Thursday that show 68 percent of the new 79,192 enrollees in those plans are 35-to-64 years old, while 24 percent are 18-to-34 years old.

The age of enrollees has been an issue for health insurance marketplaces like Access Health CT. Insurers have warned they need a range of people signing up for coverage because premiums paid by younger and healthier adults help offset the cost of carrying older and sicker customers who typically generate more in medical bills than they contribute in insurance premiums.

Of the 79,192 enrollees in private plans, 53 percent are female.

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