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Health exchanges struggle to sign up middle-income folks
Sacramento Business Journal

While health benefit exchanges have succeeded in signing up very low-income individuals, they struggle to attract middle and higher income members, a new study shows. At the close of open enrollment in 2015, the 37 states that use the federal marketplace had enrolled 76 percent of eligible individuals with incomes from $11,700 to $17,655, but participation rates declined dramatically as incomes grow, according to a study by Avalere Health. Only 2 percent of individual enrollees make more than $46,680, or 400 percent of the federal poverty line.