More than 24,600 Wyomingites signed up on the federal health exchanges during open enrollment, officials say, as Obamacare continues to bounce around federal courtrooms.
The exact number of Wyoming enrollees - 24,665 - is down 227 from last year, a drop of about 1 percent. Nationwide, some 8.3 million people enrolled this year, compared to 8.5 million last year. The enrollment period started sluggishly in Wyoming, officials have said, but picked up and finished at roughly the same figure from 2018.
The total number of people who pay their premiums in January - the number of people who "effectuate" their policy - is typically less than the raw enrollment figure. Last year, for instance, more than 22,000 people had actually paid for and used their plans, compared to the nearly 25,000 who enrolled.
The majority of Wyomingites on the plans use tax credits to offset the price, while roughly a quarter get further subsidies.
The premium costs for the exchange plans were expected to rise slightly this year; a spokeswoman for Blue Cross Blue Shield, which provides the exchange plans, said the average increase of the plans is 1.16 percent.
The figures show the exchanges, both here and nationally, are holding steady, even as the law that created them - the Affordable Care Act - continues to hang in limbo. The figures are perhaps more surprising given that Congress removed the tax penalty for not having insurance, meaning people who don't otherwise have coverage can eschew the plans without having to deal with the IRS.