Only two-thirds of those enrolled in Obamacare health insurance programs through HealthCare.gov had paid their first month’s premium by April 15 — and only 25 percent of those were in the desperately needed 18-34 age group, according to figures House Republicans released on Wednesday.
According to data released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, only 67 percent of those with healthcare plans obtained through the national marketplace — or about 2.45 million Americans — had completed the sign-up process and had paid their premium by the end of the first enrollment period.
A total of 3.65 million Americans had obtained coverage through HealthCare.gov by April 15, the figures show.
Of those who had paid, 52 percent were between the ages of 45 and 64, the figures show — and 16 percent were 35 to 44 years old. Only 6 percent of those paid were under 18, while 25 percent were between 18 and 34. The remaining 1 percent is over 65.
The White House struggled throughout the open enrollment period, Oct. 1 to March 31, to enroll young people in Obamacare. Young, healthy adults are needed to offset the costs of healthcare for older and sicker Americans.
The Energy and Commerce Committee’s report focuses solely on the number of Americans who have paid for coverage. It obtained the information directly from the 160 health plans that are selling insurance policies through the HealthCare.gov website, which serves 36 states.