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About 36,250 Tennessee residents chose a health insurance plan from a government website during the first three months of enrollment under the federal health care law.

It's unclear how many of the new enrollees have followed through and paid their first monthly premium for coverage effective Jan. 1. Enrollment continues until the end of March.

Seven-five percent of those picking a plan qualify for tax credits to offset a portion of their monthly premiums.

Of those who purchased plans, about 67 percent have purchased a silver plan, which is the third-highest level of coverage under the federal exchange. About 17 percent have purchased plans at the bronze level – the lowest level of coverage available.

Based on federal numbers, about 11 percent have signed up for the gold plan – the second-highest level – and about 6 percent of Tennesseans enrolled are in the platinum plan, which is the highest level of coverage available.

According to a demographic breakdown in the report, about 35 percent of those purchasing coverage were between the ages of 55 and 64. This number will be important because some experts are concerned that only the oldest and sickest will sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

If not enough younger people sign up, it will be tough for the system to sustain any momentum. Of those who enrolled, about 23 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34.

Through December, Tennessee's marketplace received 87,890 applications covering about 132,965 people.

Of 109,971 residents deemed eligible to enroll, 36,250 did so as of Dec. 28. About 17,000 applicants were deemed to be eligible for coverage through Medicaid or other assistance program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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