1 million Floridians signed up for health care

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Nearly 1 million Floridians have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The Sunshine State far surpassed White House goals, although enrollment among Hispanics and the crucial so-called “young invincibles”, 18- to 34-year-olds, appears low.

Federal health officials released the final numbers Thursday, a month after the enrollment deadline. Officials did not say how many had paid their first month’s premium, but Wellpoint, one of the largest insurers, estimated about 90 percent had paid.

Of the 983,775 Florida enrollees, about 28 percent were young invincibles.

More than 8 million signed up nationally, with 10 percent Hispanic and 17 percent African American.

Florida has led the way among enrollment for the 36 states using the federal exchange.

 

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