'Obamacare' sees record enrollment in first week

Mae Love
November 11, 2017

KIMT News 3- According to data from the White House, the first week of open enrollment for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act is bringing a large turnout.

The data confirm earlier reports that there was a big upsurge in consumer demand for individual insurance plans on the first day of open enrollment, November 1, the first season under the Obamacare-opposing Trump administration.

So far, sign-ups seem to be running about the same pace as previous year, despite Trump administration cutbacks in advertising and enrollment assistance for consumers.

The new enrollment figures released Thursday do not include sign-ups in 11 states that operate their own marketplaces. There is no data for just the first four days of past year.

The 601,462 plan selections between November 1 and November 4 translate to about 150,000 signups per day.

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There were about 150,000 sign-ups per day on average for the first four days this year, compared to 84,000 sign-ups per day for the first 12 days last year.

Still, the results have energized Democrats, who have been anxious about low enrollment due to Trump administration cutbacks in outreach.

A total of 464,140 customers renewed coverage, and 137,322 new consumers selected a plan on HealthCare.gov. That's more than double the number of people who signed up on the enrollment's first day in 2016.

At six weeks, the enrollment period is also only half as long this year, running until December 15. There is also a much shorter sign-up window this year compared with last year in much of the country.

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