According to the latest numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Florida is leading the nation in sign-ups for 2019 Obamacare coverage with Saturday's deadline to sign-up fast approached.
Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional, but despite the ruling consumers who signed up for 2019 coverage under Obamacare will still be covered.
Saturday, appointments with health insurance navigators were completely filled up in the Bay Area, with some waiting until the very last minute to get coverage. Navigators began appointments early Saturday morning, signing up consumers for coverage and working to answers questions online and over the phone till 11:59 Saturday night.
"It was very busy which was great," Florida Covering Kids and Families Director Jodi Ray said. "That's what we want to see. We want to see people coming in and getting help. We were also doing virtual and phone appointments with people in other areas of the state. This whole open enrollment period has been very busy."
Florida is especially hard at work. As of December 8th, the Sunshine State leads the nation in enrollment with just under a million consumers signed up for coverage under Obamacare.
"We have a high need in this state," Ray said. "And the demand has been there. Each year of open enrollment, Florida's enrollment numbers have been far and above every other state's enrollment numbers so we know that people here need coverage."
As Ray explains, roughly half of the people being helped Saturday are signing up for coverage under Obamacare for the first time. She's urging anyone without health insurance coverage to get it before time runs out.
"A broken foot without insurance can be a $16,000 bill," Ray said. "So those unexpected medical costs can dismantle an entire household's financial stability so that's what health insurance protects you from."
If you would like to sign-up for health insurance coverage, you can still do so till 11:59 Saturday night by visiting healthcare.gov.