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Texas No. 3 In ACA Enrollment By State: 733,757 Enrolled

Lauren Silverman
Enrollment Assistor Theresa Wiley with Cognosante working at the Embassy Suites in Dallas in December.

Americans procrastinated enrolling in health care — and Texans are no exception. With just a month left to sign up, more people enrolled after March 1 than in the first five months of open enrollment. The total number of Texans to sign up through the federal marketplace is 733,757.

Sometimes the best motivation is a deadline. After a slow start, three-quarters of a million Texans signed up for health insurance on the federal marketplace for the entire enrollment period and special extensions. Like in other states, many people waited until the last few weeks to select a plan.

Sixty-seven percent of Texans who selected a plan on the marketplace chose silver plans, while 23 percent selected bronze plans.

Perhaps most noteworthy is the higher than anticipated percentage of “young invincibles,” people between the ages of 18 and 34, who signed up. In Texas, that number was 30 percent, or 217,652 people. Nationwide, it was slightly lower, at 28 percent.

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.