Nevada health exchange says nearly 1,000 more customers got insurance than in 2016

The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange reported Friday that 89,000 people enrolled for health care through its online marketplace for 2017, nearly 1,000 more than the number from the 2016 enrollment period.

The data, which comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, showed that 29,000 new customers were among those who enrolled.

About 70 percent of the existing consumer base was retained, according to a spokesperson.

"Even during a turbulent period of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act, we are proud to surpass last year's enrollment numbers," Heather Korbulic, executive director of the Nevada Exchange, said in a statement.

The enrollment period ended on Jan. 31, though people can still be eligible for a special enrollment period if they experience significant changes in their live, such as marriage, the birth of a child or the loss of employer-based coverage.

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