The number of new customers who have submitted an application and selected a health care plan through HealthCare.gov is down 33 percent since last year, according to new open enrollment figures released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In the first 12 days of the open enrollment period that began on Nov. 1, 1,008,218 individuals signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. That is 69,658 fewer signups than last year, when 1,077,876 individuals enrolled in the first two weeks of open enrollment. This year’s open enrollment period had two fewer days than last year due to a five-day week in the beginning of open enrollment.
The number of new customers who selected plans for the 2017 coverage year declined 33 percent from last year. During this year’s enrollment period, 246,433 new consumers selected plans, while 366,477 new customers selected plans last year.
More customers renewed their health care coverage this year than last by either selecting the same plan they had, selecting a new plan, or automatically re-enrolling in a health care plan.