11M+ Sign Up For Obamacare, Down from 2017
SIGN-UPS FOR OBAMACARE ARE DOWN THIS YEAR, EXCEPT IN STATES THAT DON'T RELY ON THE FEDERAL EXCHANGE.
(CNN) – The initial sign-up numbers for Obamacare are in, and they show a small downturn; with a twist.
11.8 million people selected health insurance plans on exchanges this year.
That’s down 3.7% from last year.
Advocates feared sign-ups would plummet after the Trump administration cut the open enrollment period in half and slashed advertising by 90%.
But it was a different story in many of the states that either run their own exchanges or outsource enrollment to healthcare.gov.
That’s because many of them extended their enrollment periods and engaged in outreach efforts.
Those states saw enrollment numbers stay pretty much the same as last year’s.
Rhode Island actually saw a 12.1% increase while Washington shows a 7.7% uptick in enrollment.
Sign-ups fell 5.3% in the 34 states that rely entirely on the federal exchange for enrollment.
None of these numbers are final yet.
That won’t happen until consumers pay their first month’s premiums.