For 2017 coverage, the open enrollment period lasted from Nov. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2017. This year, it will end Dec. 15. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Health insurers, public and private exchange programs, and traditional agents and brokers today started the first Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual major medical open enrollment period that will begin under the administration of President Donald Trump.

The open enrollment period — the time when people can buy coverage for 2018 without showing they have what regulators believe to be a good excuse for shopping for coverage — started today throughout the country.

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