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272,000 Texans Use Federal Website for Health Care

154,000 Texans still need to select a coverage plan

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    More than 270,000 Texans have filled out applications for health care coverage -- 118,000 of whom have already selected plans.

    More than 272,000 Texans used the federal health care website to apply for health insurance between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a report released Monday.

    In the report, the health department released statistics that show Texas ranked fourth in the nation behind California, Florida and New York for the number of individuals who have selected a marketplace plan. California shows 498,764 people signed up; New York 156,902 and Florida 158,030. 

    California and New York are operating their own health care exchanges and did not suffer the same problems as the federally-operated HealthCare.gov.

    In Texas, the data showed 118,532 had selected coverage while another 154,000 people have filed applications, but have not yet chosen a plan.

    The 273,496 filed applications completed represent 457,382 Texans, the health department said in a report released Monday.

    More than 50 percent of the people who have signed up are between the ages of 45 and 64. Almost 75 percent of people who signed up received a federal subsidy to help pay for their insurance. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured in the country, about 24 percent.

    Nationwide, between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28, 2013, nearly 2.2 million people selected plans from the state and federal marketplaces while 4.3 million filled out applications.