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Georgians Signing up for 2018 ACA Coverage


Almost 120,000 Georgians have signed up for 2018 coverage in the state insurance exchange.

The announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave the first state-by-state breakdown of sign-ups over three weeks of enrollment in the 39 states that use the federal healthcare.gov exchanges.

The 119,968 enrolling here placed Georgia as fourth-highest among the states listed, behind Florida, Texas and North Carolina.

Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University, said Wednesday that Georgia could come close to equaling the 2017 enrollment total, despite a shorter sign-up period.

Georgia is on pace for about 380,000, Custer said, “but the last couple weeks, we should expect a pickup in enrollment,’’ with sign-ups ending Dec. 15.

About 404,000 began coverage in the exchange in Georgia this year, down from 2016, when 478,000 paid for a plan.

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