NH health board gets clearer picture of uninsured


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Those looking to persuade New Hampshire residents to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are getting a better picture of their target audience.

Karen Hicks, who is overseeing the state's consumer outreach efforts, presented survey findings to the state's Health Exchange Advisory Board on Friday. She says New Hampshire's uninsured residents skew younger than national models had suggested, with 55 percent under the age of 40.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the only company offering individual health insurance policies through the new marketplace. Company president Lisa Guertin said Anthem has received applications from about 10,000 people, about half of whom have paid their first premiums. The others have until Jan. 15 to pay for coverage retroactive to Jan. 1, but that deadline may be extended.

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