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States like Oklahoma, Mississippi, Florida and Iowa, which had more modest rate increases (or in some cases, decreases) saw major gains in signups. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It turns out, the majority of people don’t need to be threatened with a financial penalty to buy insurance. Despite the loss of the ACA’s individual mandate, nearly 8.3 million Americans signed up for individual health insurance coverage on Healthcare.gov during this year’s open enrollment period–a slight drop from last year’s 8.4 million.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is managing editor at 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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