Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Obamacare Enrollment Down in N.J

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Obamacare Enrollment Down in N.J

Article excerpt

New Jerseyans with Obamacare continued to sign up at a steady pace for 2018, the government said Thursday, despite unenthusiastic support from the Trump administration.

Nearly 280,000 residents enrolled in the health insurance program. By comparison, about 295,000 signed up last year, a drop of about 5 percent, according to data from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"That would be a very good showing based on the reduction in enrollment assistance and outreach," said Maura Collinsgru, health care director for New Jersey Citizen Action, a consumer group.

Individuals who aren't insured by their employer or Medicare had until Dec. 15 to sign up for health insurance through the marketplace that was established by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

This year's signup period came with significant hurdles.

Premiums in New Jersey rose by double-digits in part, insurers said, because the Trump Administration took steps to dismantle the law. …

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