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Over Thanksgiving break, Obamacare sign-ups lag in Georgia

Georgians didn’t spend much time over Thanksgiving break applying for health care plans on the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange. And it shows: The pace of sign-ups in the state is now down 1.6% from last year.

That’s according to the latest weekly snapshot from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In contrast, last week’s snapshot included no big holidays, and the state’s sign-ups were up significantly over the same period last year. Last year Thanksgiving came a week earlier.

The numbers don’t mean much until final tallies are in.

People tend to sign up at the end of the open enrollment period. The period runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

Many factors, good and bad, can influence whether people sign up. They include people getting insurance in other ways, such as through a job; the level of premium prices; and misinformation about insurance or lack of information about it.

In previous years Georgia has received extensions on the period because of weather interruptions, but that may not happen this year.

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