ObamaCare enrollment declines slightly to 11.4M signups for 2019

Two big findings from new ObamaCare data released Monday:

  • 11.4 million people signed up in 2019, down from 11.8 million last year.
  • Premiums declined by an average of 1.5 percent, the first time since the law began that premiums declined.

Trump officials downplay the enrollment decline: They called it a “minimal decline” in the number of people signing up for health insurance under the law.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees ObamaCare, also said in a news release that there is “stability on the Exchanges,” a departure from arguments long made by other Republicans, including President Trump, that ObamaCare is collapsing.

What’s causing the enrollment decline? Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation said it could be outreach funding cuts on federally-run marketplaces. In the past three years, enrollment in state-run marketplaces has remained steady at three million people, while enrollment on the federally-run marketplaces declined from 9.2 million to 8.4 million.

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