Obamacare Enrollment Numbers in Ohio Lower than Last Year, but Higher Than Expected

More than 233,000 people in Ohio signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2018. (Photo: Valeri Potapova / Shutterstock)
More than 233,000 people in Ohio signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2018. (Photo: Valeri Potapova / Shutterstock)
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data this week on the number of people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2018. The federal data shows numbers on 39 states that use HealthCare.gov, the federal health marketplace, to sign up for insurance.

More than 233,000 people in Ohio signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2018, during the open-enrollment period that ended last week. According to federal data, that number is down from the 239,000 Ohioans who signed up last year.

A total of 8.8 million Americans nationwide signed up for the plan. Some 4 million of those signed up for a health insurance plan during the final week of enrollment before the Dec. 15th deadline.

Even in Ohio, the numbers exceeded many expectations after fears that a shorter enrollment period and a 90% reduction in outreach would deter sign-ups.

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