ACA enrollment drops 3.7% for 2018, health group says

Written on Feb 08, 2018

The national total of consumers who selected Affordable Care Act plans during this year's open enrollment period was 11.8 million, compared to 12.2 million who signed up for plans in 2017.

Experts and advocates of the ACA had expected a bigger drop in enrollment, mainly due to attacks on the system from the Trump White House.

The administration slashed the advertising budget for open enrollment by 90% and also cut funds for local groups that help people sign up for coverage.

The final numbers released Feb. 7, however, show the ACA remains stable in the face of "national uncertainty," says the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), the group that released the numbers.

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