Total signups for 2017 open enrollment fall 4% year-over-year

The number of Americans who enrolled in health plans for 2017 through the federal exchange and state-based marketplaces totaled 12.2 million, down 4 percent from the 12.7 million recorded in 2016, CMS reports.

Thirty-one percent of enrollees were new to the marketplace and 43 percent returned to choose a plan. Additionally, 83 percent of individuals enrolling in 2017 coverage received subsidies to offset the cost of premiums.

CMS said the majority (71 percent) of enrollees reported household incomes between 100 percent and 250 percent of the federal poverty level. Enrollees between the ages of 0 to 34 and 35 to 54 represented the largest portion of consumers signing up for insurance, at 36 percent and 37 percent, respectively. 

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