With less than a week to go before open enrollment for 2020 health insurance exchange coverage ends in most states, signups trail last year's totals by about 6%, the federal government said Wednesday.
Roughly 3.9 million people enrolled in an Affordable Care Act exchange plan in the first six weeks of open enrollment, which ends on Dec. 15 for the states that use the federally operated HealthCare.gov. Plan selections have dropped about 250,000 over the same time in 2018.
Signups, while lower than last year's, are decreasing at a slower rate than in the year before, when sign-ups in the sixth week of open enrollment were down almost 12%. The latest figures don't include the millions of people who will be automatically enrolled in coverage at the conclusion of open enrollment. A last-minute surge in sign-ups is also typical as people rush to choose a health plan before the deadline.