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In brief: Pa. marketplace numbers top 318K

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At the end of the extended open enrollment period, 318,077 Pennsylvanians had signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Pittsburgh-based insurer Highmark Inc., which is prominent in the midstate, said 131,264 of those sign-ups were for its plans.

HHS said 87 percent of Pennsylvania enrollees received financial assistance, and 30 percent were ages 18 to 34. Seventy-three percent bought silver-level plans, with bronze, gold and platinum at 8, 11 and 6 percent, respectively. Only 2 percent of plans purchased in Pennsylvania were catastrophic.

HHS also said that according to the state, Pennsylvania had nearly 41,000 more Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan enrollees this year than it did last year, although Pennsylvania has not elected to expand its Medicaid program.

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