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.