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The Affordable Care Act: Breaking down the numbers in New Jersey and nationally

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The numbers for the first year of the Affordable Care Act are in. The debate over them, however, figures to wage on.

Here's how New Jersey scored, according to information from the Health and Human Services Web Site:

A total of 161,775 people signed for insurance; 98,240 were added to Medicaid.

See complete breakdown here.

The numbers are far fewer than some state experts had hoped for - but far better than what was expected after the rocky rollout some have estimated more than one million were eligible to obtain coverage.

The same can be said nationally, where a final push resulted in more than 8 million obtaining coverage, according to government numbers.

"Considering the fact that nearly everyone thought this was going to completely fail last November, this is a great victory," Jeff Brown of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute told NJ.com.

Here's a breakdown of the N.J. numbers:

More females (53 percent) than males signed up.

The biggest age category to join were those 55-64 (42,122 enrollees), just edging those 45-54 (40,240). Those groups made up more than 50 percent of the signups (at 51 percent).

Young people, those between 18-25, had the lowest signup at 16,291 or 10 percent. However, six percent of the signups (10,070) represented people under 18.

Of all those signing up, 84 percent received some type of financial assistance.

And of all the plans, the silver plan was the most often selected by far at 69 percent, followed by bronze (14), gold (13), platinum (3) and catastrophic (1).

Here's a look at how things looked nationally:

Just over 8 million people signed up (8,019,763). Of those, the department of health and human services said 2.2 (or 28 percent) came from the much-needed 18-34 age group. A look at other numbers, provided by the HHS:

  • Gender: More female than male (54-46);
  • Age: One third (34 percent) were under 35;
  • Plan: Silver (65 percent) was most chosen, followed by bronze (20 percent);
  • Assistance: Almost all (85 percent) received some type of financial assistance;
  • Ethnicities: White (62.9 percent) had the most signups followed by African-American (16.7 ), Latino (10.7) and Asian (7.9).

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