"Though the first months’ numbers are small, the hard data in Washington’s report will attract attention from those wondering how the new system is being received, and how well it may work in the end:
• 21,671 completed their application to buy a health insurance plan, but have not yet submitted their payment.
• 72,136 are partway though the application process, but have not made final decisions about which plan to buy.
• 1,516 paid for a new insurance plan and either did not qualify for a tax credit to reduce their premium, or did not seek financial help.
• 4,835 paid for a new plan and did qualify for a tax credit. The credits are available up to 400 percent of federal poverty level (annual income of $45,960 for one person, $94,200 for a family of four).
• The paid-up customers divided this way, by age: 18-25, 5 percent; 26-34, 18 percent; 35-44, 19 percent; 45-54, 20 percent; 55-64, 37 percent.
• 64 percent of the completed purchases were for a Silver plan covering 70 percent of average medical needs. Gold plans, covering 80 percent, attracted only 16 percent of buyers. Bronze plans, covering 60 percent, attracted 21 percent.
• 57 percent of the enrollments, for both Medicaid and purchased insurance, were from women.