http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obamacare-enrollment-breaks-record-1st-week/story?id=51049867Obamacare enrollment breaks record in 1st week
The Trump administration may have significantly reduced outreach efforts and funding – and the headlines have certainly caused confusion for consumers – but enrollment numbers for the first week of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act are in and they’re record-breaking.
Over 600,000 consumers have signed up for plans on the law's exchanges during the first week of enrollment, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
On average, roughly 150,000 people have signed up each day during the first week of enrollment, compared to 84,000 on average last year. More than 9 million people in total signed up for health coverage on the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges last year.“It’s by far the biggest start to open enrollment than ever before,” said Lori Lodes, co-founder of Get America Covered, an outreach program aimed at getting the word out that people can still enroll, despite cuts and confusion over the law's future.
The news headlines about health care have been dizzying, resulting in confusion about coverage for the next year, experts say.
But it also may have galvanized more people to learn about their current health care coverage. Exit polls during Tuesday’s election named health care the number one issue of voter concern.