By ERIN BECK
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia saw a dramatic decline in federal health insurance marketplace enrollments this year.
When compared to last year’s enrollment numbers, West Virginia had a sharper decline than every other state except Louisiana. The federal government extended the enrollment deadline for Louisiana, which is recovering from a hurricane, until Sunday.
The health insurance marketplace, at Healthcare.gov, is where to find plans that meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirements to cover pre-existing conditions, offer “essential health benefits” and tax credits, and avoid a tax penalty for lack of insurance. The Trump administration cut the open enrollment period, which ended Dec. 15, in half and slashed the advertising budget.
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