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These states are doing Obamacare open enrollment their own way

These states are doing Obamacare open enrollment their own way

A record number of Americans have signed up for Obamacare in the first few days of open enrollment - despite White House cuts to outreach and promotion.

The number of people enrolling in Affordable Care Act insurance plans spiked on the first day of open enrollment this year, a Trump administration official told The Washington Post.

More than 200,000 Americans chose a plan on November 1, the day open enrollment began, according to one administration official.

The momentum has been sustained this week, the sources said.

The free insurance quirk is the result of President Donald Trump's decision to end payments that reimbursed insurers for providing lower copays and deductibles to low-income customers.

The young Philadelphian who walked up to Jessy Foster's table at the health-care enrollment fair on Friday afternoon had a lot of questions, but saved the biggest for last: What was going to happen?

About 1 million people visited the Healthcare.gov website on the first day of signups, a 33 percent increase from past year. The 11 states that run their own exchanges, like California and NY, set their own advertising budgets. With a drop in marketplace enrollment, the ACA is more likely to implode. Special life events also fall under the special enrollment period.

The same 25-year-old can also find a Blue Cross plan that costs $35.35 a month.

Enrollees eligible for subsidies will get $555 next year on average to offset the price of their plan - up 45 percent from this year's $382 average credit, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The spokeswoman noted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an HHS division, plans to release snapshot enrollment data throughout the sign-up season as CMS has done in the past. The remaining 39 states rely on the federally run Health Care.gov site, whose spending on advertising to inform the public about it and the need to sign up by December 15 was cut at President Donald Trump's direction by 90 percent.

Charlie Barnett, who served as mayor of Karnak, Ill., for eight years gets a flu shot on October 13, 2015 from Cheryl Manus, director of nursing for Southern Seven Health Department clinic in Ullin, Ill.

"Don't ignore the deadline if you are uninsured", Headrick wrote on local news outlet Knox News.

Lee argues, based on the state's study, that if the federal government spent at the same rate as California on outreach - 1.4% of premiums, or $480 million - over three years, the benefits would more than make up for the expense by bringing 2 million more people onto the markets and lowering premiums by 3%. Normally, the federal government spends some $100 million nationwide on advertising encouraging people to sign up for health care; this year, it's spending $10 million. Go to healthcare.gov to enroll in a health insurance policy through the marketplace.