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Covered California enrollment passes 1.5 million
San Diego Union-Tribune

Preliminary Obamacare enrollment data released Thursday shows that California may have lost its top spot to Florida which reported about 1.7 million “sign-ups” through Feb. 1 compared to an estimated 1.5 million in the Golden State.

According to an estimate released on June 30, 2015, Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, had about 78,000 more enrollees than Florida before Obamacare’s third open enrollment period started on Nov. 1. Both states entered the sign-up season with more than 1.3 million covered residents. A Covered California spokesman said one reason for Florida’s surge in enrollment is its decision not to expand Medicaid, a move that is thought to funnel many into exchange coverage who would have ended up on Medi-Cal if they lived in California.