Nearly 1.5 million people have signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov in the first two weeks of this year’s open enrollment period — up from just over 1 million at the same point in the last enrollment window. Those results are stronger than many experts anticipated, in light of the Trump administration’s cuts to enrollment outreach.
Between the lines: Most of those consumers — about 77% — are renewing their coverage, not signing up for new plans. That’s about the same proportion as last year, but new sign-ups are where Trump’s outreach cuts would make the biggest difference. So it’s too early to tell how much Trump’s actions are affecting enrollment.