More than 185,000 in Missouri sign up for 2017 insurance through Healthcare.gov

Federal officials said Wednesday that 185,413 Missouri residents had selected 2017 health plans using the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace as of Dec. 19, up approximately 3 percent compared to the same period last year.

Across the 39 states that use Healthcare.gov, the number of consumers signing up — which does not include individuals whose plans are slated to automatically renew — was up about 6.7 percent, the officials said.

Enrollment through the federal exchange is happening as President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress discuss repealing the law commonly known as “Obamacare.”

Health and Human Services call centers say they have received 30,000 calls from consumers worried about losing coverage. The centers urge consumers to sign up through the exchange, noting that 2017 sign-ups will constitute contracts for 2017 that won’t be broken however the political winds blow.

Nationwide, 6.4 million people had purchased plans through Healthcare.gov as of Dec. 19, according to the figures released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s up 400,000 compared to last year, according to the agency. Open enrollment through the exchange continues through Jan. 31, 2017.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader, Kansas City Star


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