Covered California hit the one million mark this weekend for people who have signed up for health insurance. There is an extra push now to sign up tens of thousands more before the end of open enrollment.
In Stockton, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee says reaching the one million mark shows how great the need was for the Affordable Care Act.
"That one millionth enrollment means that we've exceeded what were independent forecast of the highest number that would be enrolled in the state of California by t he end of open enrollment," Lee says.
Latinos make up almost half of those people who are eligible but unenrolled.
Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is leading the drive to take the message to them.
"We've all got to step up to the plate, we want to make this happen, we waited so long for it, we can do it, si se puede!"
The last day to enroll will be March 31st...Huerta notes that's also Cesar Chavez's birthday.
Covered California says its recent enrollment numbers show more Latinos and young people signed up this year.
The Nevada state health exchange is calling this year’s open enrollment a success, with nearly twice the number of enrollees in half the amount of time as last year.
Sunday is the deadline to sign up for a new health insurance plan if you’re buying your own. Covered California says there will be hundreds of enrollment events around the state to give people in-person help.
California chronic disease patients say new trends in insurance coverage for prescription drugs are discriminatory.
Californians may be able to save money if they switch from COBRA health coverage to Covered California plans.