35% of O-Care Enrollees Are Under 35, Say Insurance Officials

A group of state insurance officials said they were told by the White House on Thursday that 35 percent of ObamaCare’s enrollees are under 35 years of age.

That figure represents a four-point increase since March 1, indicating that health insurance enrollments from young people increased, as expected, toward the end of the sign-up deadline.

The percentage did not appear to refer exclusively to young adults between the ages of 18 and 35, whose participation is necessary to keep prices stable on the exchanges.

The White House revealed the number to members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) after they met with President Obama midday Thursday. Some saw the number as a good sign that ObamaCare is attracting younger people into the insurance pool.

“That’s a pretty good number in terms of trying to make sure that we have a healthy [risk] pool,” NAIC President-Elect Monica J. Lindeen said of the 35 percent.

Current NAIC President Adam Hamm said he wanted to see more detailed figures before making a judgment.

The group’s leadership called it a “very productive” meeting despite commissioners’ diverse views on the healthcare law itself. Forty-four insurance commissioners met with Obama and his senior staff for more than an hour.