Obamacare had a very good showing in deep red states in its final enrollment period, stretching from March 1 to April 19, during which nearly 4 million people signed up for private health coverage to push the law passed 8 million enrollees overall.
The law scored big in some of the largest states where local officials have obstructed its implementation. In Texas, enrollment ballooned from 295,025 at the end of February to 733,757 in the final enrollment report. In Florida, sign-ups skyrocketed in the last month and a half from 442,087 to 983,775. And in North Carolina, another significant increase: from 200,546 to 357,584.
The 36 states served by HealthCare.gov carried the load for Obamacare’s impressive last act. Collectively, their sign-ups more than doubled after March 1, from 2.6 million to 5.4 million. The 14 states running their own marketplaces had a solid final enrollment period as well, jumping from 1.6 million to 2.6 million, but that’s a mere 59 percent increase by comparison.
The red-state surge trickled down to smaller states, too. South Dakota and Alaska nearly doubled their enrollment totals in the final stretch to 13,104 and 12,890, respectively. Mississippi, the poorest and unhealthiest state in the union, had one of the largest final rushes, more than doubling from 25,554 sign-ups at the end of February to 61,494 in the final report.
For the map’s methodology, click here. The Medicaid baseline numbers were rough approximations and some states have included renewals in their numbers, which is why a few states have exceeded 100 percent of our baseline.