African-Americans Make Up 16 Percent of Obamacare Enrollment

The Department of Health and Human Services released a brief overview of Obamacare's demographics Thursday.

Posted: 05/02/2014 03:34 PM EDT
African-Americans Make Up 16 Percent of Obamacare Enrollment

African-Americans made up 16 percent of Obamacare enrollment, according to a Department of Health and Human Services data report released on May 1. The brief provided an overview of the demographics signing up between October and April.

The total number of African-Americans who selected a marketplace plan was 625,000. The data however does not give a full picture of African-American enrollment.

There were 36 states included in the report, but California and New York were left out. These states have higher population of minorities, which could bring the percentage of African-American enrollment much higher. 

Of the state data reported, Mississippi (59 percent), Georgia (38 percent), Louisiana (37 percent) and Alabama (29 percent) had the highest concentrations of African-American buyers of health insurance. 

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