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ACA enrollment surges by more than 800,000 as final two weeks begin

Week five saw exactly 823,180 choosing plans, including 271,207 new consumers, CMS data shows.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

As open enrollment enters it's last two weeks, enrollment numbers have spiked, with more than 800,000 selecting plans in week five, from Nov. 26 through Dec. 2, CMS data showed.

The numbers are an increase of more than 300,000 over week four's figures, where 504,181 consumers picked plans using Healthcare.gov, including 152,243 new consumers. Week five saw exactly 823,180 choosing plans, including 271,207 new consumers.

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Nearly 552,000 consumers renewed coverage. The grand total of plan selections swelled by almost a million over week four, when the total hit 2.78 million. As of week five, 3.6 million total consumers had selected plans via Healthcare.gov, CMS data showed.

Last year, open enrollment ended on Jan. 31 with about 12.7 million plan selections. This year, consumers must make their decisions in a shorter time span, as open enrollment extends only through Dec. 15, rather than the end of January.

[Also: ACA enrollment numbers swell as another 500,000 choose coverage in week 4]

States leading the enrollment charge are largely southern. Florida had the largest number by far, with 802,711 total consumers having selected or renewed coverage in this open enrollment period. Texas saw 437,919 consumers select or renew coverage.

North Carolina enrollment totals hit a little more than 209,000 and Georgia came in just under that with 190,523 for total enrollment this year. Pennsylvania rounded out the top five with 161,388 consumers selecting coverage so far. Several other states had enrollment numbers topping 100,000 including Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Wisconsin.

Twitter: @BethJSanborn
Email the writer: beth.sanborn@himssmedia.com

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