Almost 57,000 Mecklenburg County residents signed up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchange during the first two months of 2015 enrollment, a 27 percent increase over 2014, according to a new tally by the advocacy group Enroll America.
A month before the Feb. 15 deadline, Mecklenburg had logged 56,791 selections, compared with 44,597 in 2014.
Wake County has also seen an increase, from 38,407 sign-ups for 2014 to 47,611 so far this year. North Carolina’s enrollment also has risen, from 357,584 for 2014 to 458,676 so far this year. South Carolina has risen from 118,324 for 2014 to 161,941 so far this year.
Most people who buy insurance on HealthCare.gov qualify for subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people pay for premiums.
The numbers were tallied from a federal database that lists enrollment by ZIP code. They include people who have renewed 2014 plans or bought insurance on the marketplace for the first time.
The marketplace remains open through Feb. 15, with coverage bought now taking effect in March. After the deadline, people can buy subsidized policies only if they experience certain life changes.