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As Deadline Nears, Obamacare Enrollments In Georgia Lag

About 500,000 Georgians signed up for insurance through the Obamacare exchange last year. Some 150,000 of those sign-ups came from first-time enrollees.
About 500,000 Georgians signed up for insurance through the Obamacare exchange last year. Some 150,000 of those sign-ups came from first-time enrollees.
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With less than two weeks to go before Obamacare open enrollment ends, sign-ups in Georgia are down.

About 7,000 more people had signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act by this time last year.

“In many cases, people will wait until the last minute and begin to enroll, and we are available to accommodate any spikes that we might see,” said Jean Moody-Williams, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

She says the slower enrollment pace is surprising, considering plans available through the Affordable Care Act are, on average, cheaper here in Georgia.

“In Georgia, as well as across many of the states, the average premium rates are going down … slightly going down … and, of course, that’s encouraging,” Moody-Williams said.

About 500,000 Georgians signed up for insurance through the Obamacare exchange last year. Some 150,000 of those sign-ups came from first-time enrollees.

That was even with a shorter open enrollment period and less federal outreach.

Open enrollment ends Dec. 15.