Associated Press Release
By Kelli Kennedy
MIAMI (AP) -- Roughly 3,500 Floridians have selected health plans through the controversial new state exchanges, which are a key component of the Affordable Care Act.
Although the figures released by U.S. Health and Human Services officials for the first month's enrollment were predictably dismal, Florida had the highest enrollment figures among the three dozen states where the federal government is running the state exchanges.
Officials did not clarify whether the figures are for those who have actually purchased insurance policies compared to those who have not yet paid for it.
Healthcare.gov crashed on the Oct. 1 launch date and most consumers struggled to browse health plans.
Florida has one of the highest rates of uninsured residents in the country with roughly 3.5 million lacking coverage.
Nationally, roughly 106,000 signed up for coverage and less than 27,000 enrolled through the website.
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