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A new spreadsheet from the federal government shows that Florida was a great market for public exchange plans.

Florida let the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) run its exchange program. At one point, state officials tried to limit local governments’ efforts to help people use the exchange system.

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State officials’ efforts to block exchange enrollers’ efforts may have backfired.

The health insurers selling individual qualified health plans (QHPs) in Florida outperformed issuers in all of the rest of the country. The 19 ZIP codes with the most QHP enrollees back in April, at the end of the 2014 individual QHP open enrollment period, were all in Florida.

Florida accounted for 36 of the 40 ZIP codes in the HHS QHP enrollment spreadsheet with the most QHP enrollees.

ZIP code 33012 — a neighborhood in Hialeah, Fla. — came in first, with 10,368 QHP enrollees. The Florida neighborhood county that ranked 40th — ZIP code 33196, Miami — had 4,437 QHP enrollees.

See also: Florida charts individual health PPACA worlds


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