Health insurance signups near 33,000 in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The number of Louisianians who signed up for health insurance plans through the federal online marketplace has nearly doubled over the last month.

Federal health officials released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, showing that nearly 33,000 people in the state have selected a coverage plan by the end of January.

That's up from about 17,500 people a month earlier who had enrolled for the government-subsidized private insurance created under President Barack Obama's health overhaul.

Even as more people are signed up for coverage, however, the enrollment demographics stayed largely the same in Louisiana. More women have signed up than men, and nearly one-third of those getting insurance are in the older, costlier age ranges of 55 to 64 years old.

Enrollment opened Oct. 1 and continues until March 31.

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