The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released final 2017 enrollment numbers relating to Affordable Care Act health insurance Tuesday, and the numbers confirm a report issued in February by an outside group. That report showed us that in Texas, Obamacare sign-ups dipped more than the national average last year.
What’s interesting about CMS’ data is that you can download a set that splits it up by county. Doing that, we see that Dallas County has the seventh-highest number of consumers—106,923—who’ve selected a plan via the ACA exchange. About 36,000 of those are new consumers from the fall enrollment period, while the remaining 71,000 re-enrolled during that time.
That compares to 229,493 ACA health insurance consumers in Harris County (78,285 of them new), 73,621 in Bexar County (20,608), 68,649 in Tarrant County (21,936), and 58,577 in Travis County (18,170).
In North Texas, Collin County comes in at 43,027 total consumers (with 13,173 of them new), while Denton County has 26,977 (8,145).
Across the country, about 11.8 million people are enrolled in healthcare through the exchange, down from about 12.2 million last year.