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Why lower ACA exchange enrollment may not be a bad thing
Modern Healthcare

The federal government cheered the 2016 open-enrollment period as more than 12.7 million Americans signed up for health insurance, but a closer look at the data reveals that many individual counties recorded precipitous annual declines in plan selections. That’s not entirely worrisome news though, because people may have picked up health insurance from Medicaid, employers or other sources. Those numbers also show how closely linked state Medicaid programs and the Affordable Care Act’s individual marketplaces are, given that many exchange enrollees are low income.