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More Floridians Than Ever Enrolled In Marketplace Health Plans

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

More than 1.9 million Floridians signed up for health coverage through the federal marketplace during the enrollment period that ended Dec. 17.

That's up more than 125,000 from last year and the highest number of enrollees in Florida since the marketplace began in 2014. Florida also had more enrollees than any of the 38 other states in the federal markeplace. Texas was second with 1.1 million. 

The numberswere released the same week that a federal appeals court panel ruled that the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring most people to have coverage is unconstitutional now that Congress has eliminated the tax penalty intended to enforce it.

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Anne Swerlick, Senior Health Policy Analyst & Attorney for the Florida Policy Institute, said the latest enrollment numbers show that the law is more popular than ever.

"The longer it's in place, the more the word is out that this is giving people good, affordable coverage,” Swerlick said. “And all of that is at risk with this lawsuit."

An Urban Institute report released last year shows Florida will suffer more than just a higher uninsured rate if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

"They projected a $9.3 billion reduction in federal spending and marketplace subsidies if the law was repealed,” Swerlick said. ‘And that of course would have tremendous impact on state and local economies."

The case goes back to a lower court to examine other aspects of the law, and is eventually expected to land in the Supreme Court. 

Overall, enrollment was down slightly with 8.3 million people enrolling through the marketplace, compared to 8.5 million last year. 

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Daylina Miller is a multimedia reporter for WUSF and Health News Florida, covering health in the Tampa Bay area and across the state.
Daylina Miller
Daylina Miller, multimedia reporter for Health News Florida, was hired to help further expand health coverage statewide.