The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced final state totals Tuesday.
Molly McCleery, deputy director of health care with Nebraska Appleseed, says that is more people who enrolled than any previous year.
“That really shows us that Nebraskans understand the importance of having health care and what insurance can provide for someone in their family,” McCleery tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Nearly 24,000 people who signed up for coverage on healthcare.gov are new consumers.
The largest number of Nebraska enrollees are 55-64 year olds.
“We had about 45,000 rural Nebraskans purchase coverage on the marketplace and about 42,000 non-rural, so it is split pretty much evenly between rural and urban, which shows us that it’s a need across the state,” McCleery says.
The increased enrollment in the state was despite a shorter period to sign up for coverage and amid growing concern the Trump administration would do away with the law.
“With each attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the approval rating of the Affordable Care Act, and Medicaid as well, have improved,” McCleery points out. “I think people understand how important it is to have health care.”
She adds that health care will be an important issues during the midterm elections for Congress.