Officials say 61,615 Missouri residents selected health plans using the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace in the first four weeks of the enrollment.
The sign-ups are happening as President-elect Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress discuss repealing the law commonly known as “Obamacare.” It’s unclear what might replace the law if they do repeal it.
Open enrollment for HealthCare.gov began Nov. 1 and continues through Jan. 31. People must have enrolled by Dec. 19 to have coverage start Jan. 1.
The marketplace policies are the only way some people who aren’t insured through their jobs can get government tax credits to help bring down the cost.
Officials say many Missouri enrollees can find plans with a monthly premium of less than $75.
Nationwide, 2.14 million people had purchased plans using the Healthcare.gov platform in the first four weeks, according to the figures recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s up 97,000 compared to last year, according to the agency, even though this year’s totals draw from two fewer days.
The figure includes both new consumers and consumers renewing coverage previously purchased through the site. Thirty-nine states use the Healthcare.gov platform.