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Florida Leads States In Enrollment On Health Law Marketplaces

According to the information released by officials, 1.7 million Florida residents signed up for coverage on the exchanges. California was close behind with nearly 1.6 million. News outlets also report on enrollment numbers in Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Indiana, Oregon and Delaware.

Tampa Bay Times: When It Comes To Obamacare Sign-Ups, Tampa Bay Keeps Its Top 10 Ranking
Tampa Bay remained among the top regions in the nation for Obamacare sign-ups in 2016, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More than 284,000 local residents chose health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace during the open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31. Only seven metropolitan areas in states using a federally run exchange enrolled more people .... Florida once again led all states using a federally facilitated marketplace with 1.7 million enrollees. (McGrory, 2/4)

California Healthline: Another 425,000 Sign Up For Covered California
More than 425,000 Californians have signed up on the state’s health insurance exchange — with nearly 100,000 rushing to enroll in the last four days before the 2016 open enrollment period ended Jan. 31, officials said Thursday. The exchange, Covered California, had estimated it would attract between 295,000 and 450,000 new enrollees during its third open enrollment season since the Affordable Care Act took effect. In addition to the new enrollees, about 1.15 million existing consumers re-upped this year, officials said, for a total of about 1.57 million. (Feder Ostrov, 2/4)

The Associated Press: Covered California Adds 425,000 Under Obama Health Law
Covered California, the state-run health-insurance exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act, said young adults are making up a growing share of new enrollees. Strong enrollment by young people is crucial to the success of Obama's health overhaul because they use less health care, keeping costs lower for everyone. (Cooper, 2/4)

Houston Chronicle: 1.3 Million Texans Enroll In ACA Insurance
With the 2016 Affordable Care Act enrollment now complete, Texas has exceeded expectations and signed up a record 1.3 million people for health insurance through the federal marketplace, final U.S. Department of Health and Human Services numbers released Thursday show. The Texas tally is almost exactly 100,000 more than the 1,205,174 enrolled for 2015. About 346,000 signed up in the Houston area. (Deam, 2/4)

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Number Of Wisconsin Residents Enrolled In Obamacare Climbs 16%
The third open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ended with 239,034 people in Wisconsin enrolled in health plans sold on the federal marketplace, a 16% increase from the same point last year, the federal government said Thursday. Those figures include 89,480 people in the Milwaukee area, a 72% increase from the 52,115 people at the end of the open-enrollment period last year. (Boulton, 2/4)

Indianapolis Star: Medicaid Expansion Draws Hoosiers From Obamacare
Fewer Hoosiers used the federal health exchange to get insurance this year than did last year, the federal government reported Thursday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said 196,242 Hoosiers selected a 2016 plan through the open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31. That compares with 219,185 Hoosiers who selected a 2015 plan during last year’s open enrollment period. ... The drop in Indiana is because some switched their coverage to Medicaid after Indiana expanded eligibility last year, according to federal and local officials. (Groppe, 2/5)

The Oregonian: Oregonians Using Federal Health Care Website To Enroll Jumps 30 Percent
Open enrollment has ended with a 30 percent spike in the number of Oregonians signing up for health insurance on the federal website. More than 147,000 people signed up on by Jan. 31, when open enrollment ended. The website handles those seeking tax credits. According to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, 70 percent of those who enrolled this year qualified for tax credits, averaging $256 a month. (Terry, 2/4)

The Associated Press: State Officials Say Insurance Exchange Enrollment Numbers Up
State officials say figures provided by the federal government show that more Delawareans are selecting health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Sunday was the open enrollment deadline to sign up for exchange coverage this year. Federal officials reported Thursday that more than 28,250 people selected plans on Delaware’s exchange, either by signing up or through automatic renewals. (Chase, 2/4)

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