New sign-ups for state insurance marketplace fall
New sign-ups for California’s health insurance marketplace dropped by 25 percent in 2019 compared to the prior year, state officials announced Wednesday.
About 1.5 million residents purchased health care through the marketplace for 2019. About 1.2 million people renewed plans, a roughly 7.5 percent jump. But the number of new enrollees fell from 388,000 to 296,000. That drop may be due to the 2017 decision by Republicans in Congress to eliminate a requirement that everyone buy health insurance or face a fine, said Peter Lee, executive director for Covered California.