|By Lauren Sausser, The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But only some of those 97,387 individuals -- about 57 percent -- have paid their first month's premium, Director
The number of people actually enrolled may go up or down through
Data released Monday by the
"There was a big push
The average age for
The federal government estimates 7.1 million Americans enrolled in an Affordable Care Act policy
Open enrollment for health insurance ended
"Those folks can still go on and access assistance through the phone, online or in person," said
Farmer said his department has not yet determined how many of the 97,387 enrollees are newly insured, because some of those customers may have simply switched from one insurance plan to another.
In 2011, the U.S. Census estimated more than 700,000 residents in this state had no health insurance.
Nationally, a new Gallup poll published Monday suggested the Affordable Care Act has helped reduce the number of uninsured adults. The percentage of adults in the U.S. who were uninsured during the first quarter of 2014 was 15.6 percent, compared to 17.1 percent during the last quarter of 2013.
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