Nebraska and Iowa are among eight states where people signed up for more Affordable Care Act health insurance plans for 2018 than a year ago, despite a shorter enrollment period.

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid said Tuesday that Nebraskans selected 88,213 plans and Iowans selected 53,217 plans through, the website set up by the federal law, during the seven-week enrollment period from Nov. 1 to Dec. 23.

That’s 4.5 percent more plans in Nebraska and 3.2 percent more in Iowa than during the 13-week open enrollment period between Nov. 1, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017.

Other states with increases were Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and South Dakota. Nationally, the number of plans was down about 458,000.

The numbers include people whose plans were automatically re-enrolled for the coming year. Paying the first month’s premium typically puts plans into effect.

The report did not list other state-by-state figures but showed declines nationally in the number of consumers on applications by 9.4 percent to 11.4 million; telephone calls to by 44 percent to 7 million; and people using the website by 30 percent to 19.3 million.

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