Tenn. health care sign-ups reach 78K in February

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The number of Tennesseans singing up for coverage under the federal health insurance exchange reached nearly 78,000 through February.

According to nationwide statistics released Tuesday, 4.2 million people had signed up since Oct. 1. The open enrollment period ends on March 31.

Of those who have signed up in Tennessee, 56 percent are women and 44 percent are men. Adults ages 55-64 made up 32 percent of the total, while people up to age 34 made up 28 percent.

The mid-level silver plan was chosen by 72 percent of enrollees, whole 16 percent chose the lowest bronze level. Gold policies made up 8 percent, and the top-level platinum policy accounted for 4 percent.

About 60,000 people had signed up through the end of January.