Open enrollment for 2018 coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1, but consumers will have half as long to enroll as they’ve had in previous years.

And that, combined with other recent changes to the ACA, also known as Obamacare, could result in fewer people being covered, advocates say.

The enrollment period runs through Dec. 15, which is six weeks shorter than usual, said Shelli Quenga, director of programs for the Palmetto Project, a nonprofit that helps answer consumer questions and enroll people in insurance. Last year, she said, the project assisted almost 80,000 people.

By Liv Osby

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