Obamacare signups dropped slightly this year amid a shortened enrollment period, and big cuts to advertising and outreach spending.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Tuesday that 11.8 million people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia signed up for coverage in 2018, a slight drop from the 12.2 million who signed up last year.
Seema Verma, the administrator of the CMS, saw both good news:
And bad, citing "skyrocketing premiums and limited choice":
Verma said premiums increased 30 percent on average from last year to this year, but noted 83 percent of enrollees get financial assistance to help them afford their premiums.
The administration last December announced signups for 2018 only for the 39 states that use the federal healthcare.gov system.
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