Obamacare enrollment dips for 2018

Fewer Pennsylvania residents signed up for insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act this year than did so last year.

Enrollment in 2018 came in at 396,725 for Pennsylvania, down 6.9 percent from 426,000 last year, according to figures from the state Department of Insurance and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The drop-off comes as the U.S. Congress, as part of its recent tax bill, killed the ACA requirement to buy insurance. It also follows a shorter enrollment period for the ACA, also known as Obamacare, under the administration of President Donald Trump.

Enrollment ran from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15 for coverage starting Jan. 1. Last year’s enrollment was open from Nov. 1 until Jan. 31.

Arguing that federal efforts to publicize the ACA were underfunded, state officials under Gov. Tom Wolf ramped up their efforts to let people know what was available.

Overall about 8.8 million Americans signed up for 2018 ACA plans, down from about 9.2 million who had plans in 2017, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

CPBJ Staff

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