Nearly 8.3 million people selected a 2021 health plan through HealthCare.gov during open enrollment, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in an update yesterday. That’s about the same number as last year, though two fewer states are using the federally facilitated platform for 2021 enrollment.

While the number of new consumers declined by 3.6%, the number actively renewing coverage increased by 13.2% and the number automatically re-enrolled increased by 4.4%, increasing total plan selections by 7%, CMS said.

The report shows plan selections in each of the 36 states using HealthCare.gov for 2021 open enrollment, which began Nov. 1 and ended Dec. 15. CMS plans to release a final 2021 enrollment report in March, including data from state-based exchanges that do not use the HealthCare.gov platform.

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