13.8M goal set for Obama’s final health care sign-up season

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration has set its goal for the president’s final health care sign-up season.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she expects 13.8 million people to sign up.

This is shaping up to be the most challenging sign-up season since HealthCare.gov launched in 2013 and its computer system didn’t work.

But technology isn’t the issue this time. Premiums are going up sharply in many parts of the country, and some major insurers have bailed.

The administration says subsidies will cushion most of the impact of premium increases.

The government says enrollment averaged more than 10 million people through the first half of 2016, and more than 8 in 10 were receiving financial help.

Open enrollment starts Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31.

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