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Affordable Care Act enrollment drops slightly

December 22, 2018

More than 502,000 North Carolinians enrolled in health insurance plans during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment during past two months, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The number — 502,464 — is 2 percent less than last year’s 516,000 enrollees.

Open enrollment was from Nov. 1 to Dec 15.

Nationwide and statewide numbers, released Thursday, are not final because they do not include plans for those who enrolled in coverage through 3 a.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 16 or those who left messages at a call center.

N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen said during open enrollment most people would be able to get a plan for $50 to $100 per month for services like hospital visits, prescription drugs, mental health appointments and preventive care.

Nationwide, 2 million people did not have a health insurance plan in 2018 via HealthCare.gov but enrolled in a 2019 plan. More than 6 million people renewed their 2018 plans for 2019 through HealthCare.gov.

This year, President Donald Trump’s administration scaled back funding for enrollment sign-up counselors.

One change to the system, coming Jan. 1, does not penalize individuals who opted out of health insurance at tax time.

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