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March 12, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave a final update of the number of residents who enrolled in health insurance through the federally operated marketplace. It was a slightly higher number than was previously reported since more than 1,524 residents completed applications they had started before the February 15 end of the open enrollment period.

The enrollees were nearly evenly divided between those who were new to the marketplace (48 percent of New Jersey enrollees) and those who reenrolled (52 percent). The federal marketplace and state exchanges are a primary way that the Affordable Care Act increased access to healthcare.

Of the enrollees, 83 percent qualified for federal income tax credits to subsidize their insurance. These people could lose their insurance if the U.S. Supreme Court decides that the subsidies are invalid. The court’s decision in King v. Burwell is expected in June.

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