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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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.