The number of consumers signing up this fall for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act held almost steady from the year before, even though the government is no longer enforcing the requirement that most Americans have health insurance.

About 8.3 million people chose ACA health plans for 2020 in the 38 states that rely on the federal HealthCare.gov enrollment system, according to federal figures released Friday that reflect a dip of less than two percent from a year ago.

The enrollment snapshot shows a marginal increase in newcomers buying insurance through the federal marketplace — now just over 2 million….

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