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California Enrollment Under Obama Health Law Dips Slightly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Enrollment in Covered California dropped slightly this year as about 35,000 fewer people signed up for coverage through the state’s insurance marketplace. Officials said Wednesday that 1.52 million people enrolled for 2018 insurance coverage, down about 2 percent from the prior year. Of those customers, 388,000 are new enrollees, a slight uptick from last year. But fewer people renewed their plans, causing the overall decline. Covered California executive director Peter Lee says part of the decline is because some people who make too much to qualify for subsidies could get a better deal elsewhere. Covered California is the state’s insurance marketplace created under former President Barack Obama’s health law. It sells health plans to people who don’t get coverage from an employer, Medicare or Medicaid.