Affordable Care Act enrollment in Missouri nearly doubles in final days

Between Dec. 10 and 15, more than 110,000 Missourians enrolled for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, putting this year’s final number of enrollees over last year’s.

Updated figures from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services show that 245,580 people in Missouri had enrolled by the last day of the season, reflecting a surge during the final week. This figure represents 1,198 more people than last year.

These numbers may come as a surprise, given that this year’s season was half as long and not as well advertised as the previous year. This year, the Trump administration slashed the federal advertising budget and cut federal funding for the assisters who help people go through the complicated process of enrollment.

Nationally, about 8.8 million people signed up for coverage, down 4 percent from last year.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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