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Last day to enroll for health insurance

FILE - In this May 18, 2017 file photo, the Healthcare.gov website is seen on a laptop computer, in Washington. Former Obama administration officials say they're launching a private campaign to encourage people to sign up for coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act. With the start of open enrollment just weeks away on Nov. 1, the Trump administration has slashed "Obamacare's" ad budget, as well as grants to outside organizations that are supposed to help consumers sign up. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Open enrollment for health insurance through the federal government ends Friday, which is shorter than the normal enrollment period.

Under the Affordable Care Act, those who do not have insurance through their employer can buy a plan through the federal government. Normally, the enrollment period runs until January 31, but the Trump administration has shortened that deadline this year to December 15.

While enrollment across the country is significantly higher than it was at this time last year, most experts say the final enrollment numbers will be lower than last year due to the smaller enrollment period.

Right now, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services says Texas is seeing a 38.8 percent increase in enrollment, but with the shortened deadline, the Center for Public Policy says it fears they’ll see fewer Texans enrolled in the marketplace for 2018.

They say that could lead to a trend.

The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan analysis organizations, estimates that 13 million Americans would lose their health insurance in the next 10 years, causing plans to have higher premiums.

Conservatives are saying that after failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act this year, they feel there isn’t much they can do and rolling back the deadline was Trump’s attempt to keep his promise.

Those looking to sign up for health insurance can do so here. The website will walk you through the process.

While some states have extended the deadline, Texas and New Mexico residents have until midnight on Friday to enroll.

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