The public exchange in the District of Columbia has been attracting a high percentage of enrollees under 45 and selling richer benefits packages than managers had expected.

The total number of people who have used DC Health Link to sign up for individual private "qualified health plan" coverage has increased to 3,646 as of Jan. 9, up from 2,649 Dec. 23.

The exchange Small Business Health Options Program division has enrolled 11,967 people in coverage, and 4,677 people in Medicaid.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.