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State-by-state differences in enrollment could affect rates

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WASHINGTON — Sign-ups for insurance through President Barack Obama’s health law varied widely across the country in the first year for the online marketplaces, according to a government report released Thursday that shows consumers flocked to coverage in some states but not in others.

These differences could exacerbate regional variations in premiums next year, with potentially steep rate increases for consumers in states with low enrollment.

“While there is a lot of focus on the national numbers, it’s what is…

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