Bloomberg Law
Dec. 2, 2019, 10:03 AM

Obamacare Numbers Fall Behind as Outreach Dwindles, Jobs Improve

Sara Hansard
Sara Hansard

Obamacare enrollment for 2020 is lagging behind last year’s numbers despite lower premiums and more insurers competing in the markets, and the finger-pointing has already begun.

Blame is being cast on Trump administration cuts in Affordable Care Act outreach and education, but the drop-off also could be related to reduced joblessness and more people enrolling in employer-based health plans, analysts and researchers say.

Sign-ups for ACA plans in the 38 states that use the federal system totaled 2,372,957 for the period from Nov. 1 through Nov. 23, the most recent numbers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. ...

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