It will be a tale of two countries as open enrollment begins

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ST PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance is shaping up as a tale of two countries.

On one side are the 38 states that rely on the federal marketplace to sell individual insurance policies. For them, the Trump administration has slashed the budget for marketing and enrollment specialists.

It also has cut the enrollment period in half, to six weeks.

On the flip side are the 12 states that opted to run their own health insurance exchanges. They have their own budgets and maintain control over advertising, the length of the enrollment period and the level of help they will offer consumers.

Larry Levitt from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says those states are well-positioned to stabilize their markets when open enrollment begins Wednesday.

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