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Covered California sees largest decline of new signups in six-year history
San Francisco Chronicle

The number of Californians signing up for health insurance for 2019 through Covered California — the state agency created by the Affordable Care Act to sell health plans to people who don’t get coverage through their employer — held steady at 1.5 million. But there was a significant drop-off in one key group that the health law has long aimed to get insured.

That group — people who are signing up for insurance for the first time — fell nearly 24 percent during the most recent open enrollment period that ended Jan. 15, compared with the same period last year, according to figures released Wednesday by Covered California. The most recent open-enrollment period was the first since the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014 that the tax penalty for not buying insurance was no longer in place because Congress repealed the requirement in late 2017.