Obamacare sign-ups almost doubled in the law’s final stretch, and more than doubled in the key young adult group, according to the final enrollment report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Enrollment sat at 4.2 million at the end of February, but exploded to 8 million by April 19, the new report said. Among those ages 18 to 34, the crucial young and invincible demographic, sign-ups doubled from 1.1 million to 2.2 million.
With enrollment closed, that group accounted for 28 percent of enrollees: lower than the administration was hoping for, but at a high enough level to sustain the law, according to health policy experts.
The 36 states using HealthCare.gov had a particularly good month: Sign-ups more than doubled in the final stretch, from 2.6 million in the first five months to 5.4 million as of April 19.
President Obama had already announced the 8 million figure, but Thursday’s report included more specific data, included a state-by-state breakdown.