Mississippi, Alabama Health Exchange Numbers

New figures show 17,350 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a website run by the federal government. It was higher in Alabama.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday released the number of people in each state who enrolled in health coverage between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1.

The figures show 62 percent of the people who enrolled in Mississippi are women, and 38 percent are men. More than half are between age 45 and 64, while about a quarter are between 18 and 34.

Ninety-two percent of the Mississippians who bought coverage on the healthcare.gov website qualified to receive government subsidies to help pay for the coverage.

Nearly 44,000 Alabamians have used the federal health care law to sign up for insurance through Alabama's federally operated insurance exchange.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 18,024 Alabamians signed up in January. The sign-ups began in October with 624, grew to 2,824 by the end of November and increased to 25,839 in December. They grew to 43,863 by the end of January.

The department says 59 percent of those who have signed up in Alabama are women. There was an increase in younger enrollees in January, but slightly more than half of those who have signed up are between 45 and 64.

The exchange offers plans at bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. The department reports 73 percent of Alabamians have chosen the silver plan.