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Obama admin: Dropoff in Obamacare enrollment since January

Enrollment in Obamacare is down from January’s enrollment numbers.
Enrollment in Obamacare is down from January’s enrollment numbers. AP

The number of people enrolled in coverage through President Barack Obama’s health care law this year decreased to 11.1 million by the end of March, down from 12.7 million by the January deadline.

The Obama administration released new enrollment numbers Thursday that showed the number of people who signed up by January 31 exceeded those who were covered in the spring. A dropoff in enrollment has happened before, and is partially caused by people who sign up for coverage by the deadline but then lose it because they do not pay their premiums.

People have also lost coverage because of issues due to citizenship or immigration paperwork.

According to the Obama administration, around 20 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage through Obamacare. More people have obtained coverage in marketplaces as well as through Medicaid expansion. Around 10 million people are expected to remain enrolled in Obamacare plans by the end of 2016.

Hawaii is America's healthiest state, North Carolina improved the most, and Louisiana is ranked dead last in the 2015 America's Health Rankings Report from The United Health Foundation. (Natalie Fertig / McClatchy)

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