Updated Thu, Feb 13, 2014 2:07 pm
Federal officials say more than 60,000 Ohioans have picked health plans in the first four months of the new online marketplace created by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report Wednesday with the enrollment numbers for Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.
The data shows that most Ohioans who are obtaining coverage are older. Fifty-eight percent are between ages 45 and 64, while 20 percent are ages 18 to 34.
The report said close to 160,000 residents were found eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan. And about eighty-three percent of those who have signed up are getting financial help to pay their monthly premiums.
Enrollment in West Virginia's health insurance marketplace has jumped to nearly 8,000 people.
44 percent of those enrolled through the federal exchange in the Mountain State were ages 55 to 64, 22 percent were ages 45 to 54 and 13 percent were ages 35 to 44.