Business at HealthCare.gov slowed during the fifthand sixth weeks of the open enrollment period for 2018 individualhealth insurance.

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The Affordable Care Act exchange program manager received 2018plan selection information for 1.9 million families and a total of2.4 million people during the two-week period that ended Dec. 9,according to new data from the Centers for Medicare and MedicaidServices (CMS).

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The number of families selecting plans was up 1 percent from thetotal for the comparable period in 2016, but the total number ofpeople on those coverage applications was down 4.2 percent,according to CMS data.

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HealthCare.gov recorded strong activity gains during the firstfour weeks of the open enrollment periods. Thanks to those gains,the six-week plan selection total is up 17 percent, year-over-year.HealthCare.gov plan issuers are on track to be covering 4.7 millionpeople Jan. 1, 2018.

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or the two-week period ending Dec. 9, the number of applicationsfrom families new to the exchange system was down 4.4 percent,year-over-year. The number of applications from newcomers was up 13percent.

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HealthCare.gov received plan selection information for 1.2million returning families and 660,191 newcomer families duringthat two-week period.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the parent ofCMS, set up HealthCare.gov to run Affordable Care Act exchangeprograms for states that were unable or unwilling to handle all ofthe work themselves.

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The District of Columbia and 11 states run their own ACAexchange programs.

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ACASignups.net, a public exchange enrollment trackingwebsite, reports that the locally run exchange programs have 2.3million people on track to have exchange plan coverage in placeJan. 1. That brings the national total to 7 million.

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The open enrollment period for 2017 started Nov. 1, 2016, andran until Jan. 31, 2017.

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This year, CMS shortened the open enrollment period. The currentenrollment period started Nov. 1 and is set to end Friday.

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A web broker eHealth Inc., reported today that 56 percent of theconsumers shopping on its site were unaware that the openenrollment period ends Friday.

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Some have speculated that the shortened HealthCare.gov openenrollment period could cut enrollment.

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In the past, however, plan selection information has floodedinto HealthCare.gov close to key enrollment period deadlines.Last-minute activity has thrown off enrollment projections based onmid-enrollment-period signup counts.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. 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 at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.