Health Insurance iPadThe first numbers are out for this year’s ACA marketplace open enrollment season, which kicked off on November 1. During the first two days, 177,082 people enrolled in a health plan through HealthCare.gov–a significant decrease from last year’s 371,676.

There are several factors at play, however–for one, last year’s initial “week” of signups lasted three days instead of two. In addition, several enrollees were stymied by technical glitches resulting in error messages, according the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The error has since been fixed, CMS has said.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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