One week left for Obamacare sign-up

Elias Hubbard
December 8, 2017

The open enrollment deadline for Obamacare 2018 is coming up soon. The government says sign-ups for the Affordable Care ActÂs subsidized health insurance are still rising. The number of sign-ups is 20% higher than the same period a year ago. But because open enrollment is only half as long as it was last year, the number of total people who sign up could fall short of previous years.

Still, since President Donald Trump cut the enrollment period in half and sliced advertising spending by 90 percent, it is nearly certain sign-ups will be much lower. Only 39 states are served by the federal insurance website, and many states have their own health care markets.

In week 4 of open enrollment, 504,181 people signed up for coverage, including 152,243 new enrollees.

Buying health insurance through the ACA is advisable if someone doesn't get it through an employer or public program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, Dugger said. Sign-ups in these states could boost the final count, but the figures wouldn't be available for weeks. But health policy analysts worry about a possible drop-off in the last few days before the December 15 deadline, which could leave fewer Americans covered next year than in 2017.

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