Florida again leads nation in ACA signups; numbers higher than last year


January 11, 2019

Florida once again led the nation in Affordable Care Act sign-ups, making up about 20 percent of all enrollments in the federal insurance marketplace during the latest open enrollment period, according to preliminary federal data.

In addition, more Floridians signed up for a plan this year than they did last year, despite deep cuts to the navigator grants and the elimination of tax penalty for people who don’t comply with the health law’s individual mandate. Nearly 1.78 million Floridians signed up for a plan during the open enrollment period between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15. That’s compared with 1.72 million signups last year and 1.76 million the year before.

“What [the numbers] tell us is that people in Florida really want health insurance and the ability to be able to access health care,” said Jodi Ray, program director of Florida Covering Kids and Families at University of South Florida. Ray’s program handles the federal grant that supports ACA navigators in the state.

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