Health law sign-ups seen as falling short though more enroll

WASHINGTON – Americans are signing up in growing numbers for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health insurance, the government said Wednesday. But with enrollment season cut in half and just over a week to go, experts say the final tally will likely fall short.
About 3.6 million people signed up through Dec. 2 in states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s about 20 percent higher than the comparable period last year.
But it may not be enough. This year’s open enrollment ends Dec. 15, and last time it continued through Jan. 31. Barring an unusually strong final surge, experts say it’s unlikely that enrollment for 2018 will match the initial 12.

Original published: 2017-12-06 21:34:00 Read the full Houston News here


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