The number of MI residents who signed up in the Obamacare health program almost equaled that of a year ago, despite an open enrollment period that was shortened by half, according to partial enrollment figures released by the federal government.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administrator Seema Verma tweeted Thursday that about 8.8 million people had signed up for coverage through the exchanges this year. "This underscores the need for coverage and access for many Americans regarding healthcare".
"It's incredible how many people signed up for coverage this year with record-setting demand for affordable health coverage", Lori Lodes, founder of the enrollment assistance nonprofit, said in a press release Friday.More news: Disruption as airplane comes off runway
Some 8.8 million people have signed up for Obamacare health insurance plans for 2018, a US official said Thursday.
CMS says they cut marketing and outreach expenses by $90 million, $10 million spent this year vs $100 million spent last year.
Turnout at the website used by 39 states to manage health care enrollment was strong across the country.More news: Investor Research Report on Eaton Corporation plc (NYSE:ETN)
Newshel said the HealthCare.gov enrollment could rise from the 8.8 million because the USA government extended the enrollment period in several hurricane-affected areas.
This week, Trump said the new tax bill "effectively repealed Obamacare" by eliminating the individual mandate, the ACA's requirement for people to purchase insurance or face a tax penalty.
The 2018 numbers are a victory for advocates of the Affordable Care Act, who were concerned the Trump administration's opposition to Obamacare would deter people from signing up.More news: PM Modi, Amit Shah to attend Vijay Rupani's swearing-in ceremony in Gandhinagar
The final enrollment numbers won't be released for several months, and do not include states with extended deadlines.