Indiana Residents Slow to Embrace Health Exchange

Residents across Indiana are treading lightly when considering buying health insurance through the federal health exchange as they move toward a March 31 deadline to enroll.

Residents across Indiana are treading lightly when considering buying health insurance through the federal health exchange as they move toward a March 31 deadline to enroll.

Nearly 17 percent of the state’s population, or 911,674 people, lacks insurance. Most of those residents are required to show proof they’ve obtained insurance after March to avoid a penalty under the federal health care overhaul law. But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says only about 30,400 residents had bought plans through the exchange through December.

The slow rate of compliance reflects early glitches with the signup process, sticker shock over prices and a stubborn work ethic in parts of the state with populations that prefer to rely on one another instead of the government, according to those charged with helping people enroll.

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Source: Courier Journal