- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The number of Alaskans who signed up for a health insurance plan using the Affordable Care Act’s health care marketplace fell short of the government’s initial goal for the first year.

Numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that nearly 13,000 Alaskans had signed up for coverage. Federal officials had originally targeted 16,000 Alaskans for enrollment, a goal set before the rocky launch of the online exchange.

The government reported in mid-March that 6,600 Alaskans had signed up, a number which nearly doubled in the last days before the March 31 deadline.

In Alaska, 88 percent of those who selected plans received federal help paying premiums. Forty-six percent of enrollees are between 45 and 64 years old.



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