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Calif. Health Exchange Enrolls Fraction of Target


Update: 5:47 p.m.

At a press conference Wednesday, Covered California said the latest data show almost 60,000 picked a plan in the health marketplace as of Nov. 12, 2013.

Executive Director Peter Lee says the latest numbers show the momentum of the state-run exchange.

“In the period between November 1st and November 12, an additional 29,000 Californians have selected a health plan. What’s that mean? More than 2,000 a day are selecting health plans,” says Lee.  


Original story: 1:34 p.m.

(AP) California's new health insurance exchange tentatively enrolled 35,000 people during its first month of operation, a fraction of the eventual goal in the state with the nation's largest uninsured population.

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also showed that California determined about 80,000 lower-income people would be eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage under the national health care overhaul.

California counts nearly 7 million people without health coverage. An estimated 2.3 million are expected to enroll in a health plan through the new agency, known as Covered California, by 2017.

Earlier this month Covered California said about 2.5 million people had visited its website.

See the Covered California press release.

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