PORTLAND, Maine - Federal data suggests Maine's Affordable Care Act sign-ups for 2019 are down by 5.5 percent.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the numbers show plans selected from Nov. 1 through the end of open enrollment, Dec. 15.
Maine had 71,577 ACA enrollees in health plans that will start in January. That's down from the 75,809 who signed up for plans in 2018.
The ACA marketplace is where individuals - often self-employed or part-time workers who traditionally have been priced out of health insurance - can purchase health benefits. Nationally, the year-over-year drop-off was 4.1 percent.