Fewer North Carolinians signed up for 2018 insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, mirroring a national trend.

About 11.8 million consumers across the nation signed up – a 3 percent drop from the year before. The numbers come from a government tally released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

North Carolina saw a 5 percent drop in enrollees from the year before.

There were two insurers offering plans on the federal marketplace exchange in the state – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Cigna.

The reason for the decline is unclear, but possible factors include a shorter enrollment period and overall uncertainty about the future of Obamacare.

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