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About 1.1 million people dropped 2018 Obamacare coverage

More health insurance exchange members paid their first-month premiums in 2018 than in 2017, despite fewer sign-ups during open enrollment, according to CMS data released Monday.

Of the nearly 11.8 million people who signed up for 2018 coverage through the federal and state health insurance exchanges, a little more than 10.6 million paid their premiums for the first month and had an active policy as of February 2018. The rest—about 9%, or 1.1 million people—who chose a plan or were automatically enrolled during open enrollment did not pay first-month premiums and dropped off the insurance rolls.

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