Southwest Florida consumers embraced the federal health insurance exchange in 2015, with more than 55,000 people enrolling in Obamacare coverage in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, according to newly released federal data.

Enrollment more than doubled from 2014, when just over 25,000 in the four-county region signed up during the first year health insurance was offered on the federal health exchange. Enrollment was highest among low-income, middle-aged and older adults, according to the data. Those adults had a lot to gain by enrolling in coverage on the health exchange, because in many cases, it allowed them to retire before they turned 65, the age of eligibility for Medicare.

Florida had the largest number of people sign up for insurance coverage of any state in 2015 — but only 64 percent of the total eligible population enrolled in coverage.

With the next annual enrollment period quickly approaching, Legacy Health Insurance is here to help guide you through your best healthcare option, whether you’re renewing your current healthcare plan or are newly enrolling.

For more information, call 1-941-405-3900.

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