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'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k in first week

'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k in first week”

The enrollment period for health care under the Affordable Care Act opened November 1 and will close December 15.

However, a CMS release in November 2016 said that in the first two weeks of open enrollment for that month there were 1,008,218 plan selections on HealthCare.gov. There is no data for just the first four days of previous year.

A total of 464,140 customers renewed coverage, and 137,322 new consumers selected a plan on HealthCare.gov.

That represents a daily average of more than 150,000 sign-ups, outpacing the beginning of last year's open enrollment period under the Obama administration, when an average of 84,000 people a day signed up through the first 12 days of the enrollment period.

The first four days of sign-ups this year was 1.79 times as much as that tally.

Roughly 1 million people signed up in the first 12 days of enrollment past year, or about 84,000 per day, though analysts said confusion around the law might have sparked early interest this season.

Maryland's exchange had 70 percent higher enrollment on the first day.

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

"It's by far the biggest start to open enrollment than ever before", said Lori Lodes, co-founder of Get America Covered, an outreach program aimed at getting the word out that people can still enroll, despite cuts and confusion over the law's future.

There will also be a presentation on health coverage as part of the event.



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