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Healthy State tells the stories you need to know to stay well, with a special focus on Florida.We'll bring you the latest fitness trends, new research on preventing and treating disease, and information about how health policy impacts your pocketbook.We report on health using all the tools at our disposal -- video, audio, photos and text -- to bring these stories to life.Healthy State is a project of WUSF Public Media in Tampa and is heard on public radio stations throughout Florida. It also is available online at wusfnews.org.

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Starts Nov. 1

Editor's note: A previous version of this story contained incorrect enrollment dates for the Affordable Care Act. The error has been corrected. 

The enrollment period for buying health insurance through the federal government starts Nov. 1. And in Florida, premiums should be relatively low compared to previous years.

Florida insurers requested the lowest premium hikes under so-called Obamacare since the law's inception, despite numerous obstacles from the Trump administration.

The state's largest insurer, Florida Blue, which is offering plans in all 67 counties, requested a meager increase of less than half a percent. The other nine insurers requested to raise their rates by an average of about 5 percent. That compares to an average increase of 45 percent last year.

Florida once again led enrollment in the federal exchange, with 1.7 million consumers selecting a plan last season. The vast majority received funds to help pay for their insurance.

Enrollment runs through December 15.

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