Obamacare deadline for 2019 coverage is Dec. 15

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WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) Time is running out for Obamacare for users to choose their coverage for 2019. Open enrollment ends Saturday night.

Former President Barack Obama has been making this sales pitch for Obamacare.

Josh Peck, with Get America Covered, says it is crunch time, and many Americans have no idea that open enrollment ends Saturday night for health insurance provided under the Affordable Care Act.

The Trump Administration says so far, 4.1 million people have signed up for coverage. That’s about a half million fewer people than the same time last year.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says he aware there’s been a drop-off.

“But we don’t know for sure why at this point, we’ll know once open enrollment period is closed and see where we end up,” said Azar.

“Advertising and outreach from the administration is almost non-existent,” said Peck.

Peck says it’s been largely left up to health care activists to spread the word. He says consumers should log on to the healthcare.gov to review their options.

“Year after year we’ve seen that people who go back and actively renew their coverage save hundreds of dollars a year,” said Peck.

Azar says the enrollment numbers may not be as sickly as they seem. They may jump significantly next week once HHS calculates how many people automatically rolled over their existing coverage.

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