MADISON - While
Wisconsin has seen over 56,000 people select insurance plans
through the federal marketplace, the liberal-leaning Citizen
Action of Wisconsin is expressing concern about the pace at
which the signups are happening and the age of those entering
exchange opened on Oct. 1, just over two-thirds of those signing
up for insurance through the marketplace were over the age of
45, including 43 percent between the ages of 55 and 64.
just over half of those enrolling in the marketplace are over
45, including 31 percent between the ages of 55 and 64.
On the other
end of the spectrum, 20 percent of Wisconsin’s enrollees were
between 18 and 34, compared to 25 percent nationally.
enrollment numbers reinforce our concern that health insurance
could be much more expensive in Wisconsin than the rest of the
nation unless we do a better job of promoting the new guaranteed
coverage options to our citizens,” said Robert Kraig, executive
director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “If this dangerous
trend continues, it will be a costly liability for hard pressed
Kraig said it
is a “silver lining” that many late-middle aged adults are
their 50s and early 60s who do not have good coverage at work
faced the worst discrimination based on pre-existing
conditions,” Kraig said, but he added that those older enrollees
need to be balanced out by younger, healthier participants or
insurance rates will rise.
expressed concern that Wisconsin’s enrollment increase from
December to January, 38.5 percent, lagged behind the national
increase of 53.2 percent as well as that of surrounding states.