Missouri health insurance enrollment rises despite cuts

Enrollment in health insurance under the health care law has dropped by nearly half in Missouri this year. (MGN Online)

More than 110,000 residents in Missouri enrolled in health insurance under the federal health care law between Dec. 10 and Dec. 15, putting the final number of those enrolled over last year's.

The Columbia Missourian previously reported that Missouri was falling behind last year's numbers, with initial figures suggesting enrollment decreased by almost half. Those numbers didn't include data for the final week of open enrollment.

But the newspaper says updated figures from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services show that nearly 245,600 people in Missouri had enrolled by the last day of the season.

The latest figure is nearly 1,200 more people than last year.

The federal government announced Thursday that about 8.8 million people nationwide have signed up for coverage next year under the health care law.

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