New sign-ups for state in­sur­ance mar­ket­place fall

The Tribune (SLO) - - Insight -

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.

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