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Early Data Show Mostly Older Americans Buying Healthcare

Reuters reports that early data from four states – Connecticut, Kentucky, Washington and Maryland – have shown that older and sicker Americans are much more likely to sign up for insurance coverage under the new Affordable Care Act. Though the new policy relied on younger, healthier people to sign up and offset the cost for older Americans, the data shows that only 20% of those who signed up were between 18 and 34 years old, while 36% were between 55 and 64 years old. Experts say that this data is alarming, for the policy was intended to be aimed specifically at the younger demographic, by requiring them to pay a fine if they did not have insurance. Still, other experts claim that it is “premature to draw any conclusions from the initial demographic data.”

Read the article published by Reuters.