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California Highest in Health Exchange Sign-Ups So Far


Nearly 870,000 Californians have signed up through Covered California as of March 1st. That’s hundreds of thousands more people than in any other state.

Anne Gonzales of Covered California says the state-run website has had its share of technical problems, but for the most part it’s worked better than the portals elsewhere.

“There was huge interest for this type of coverage," Gonzales says. "A lot of people have been waiting for affordable health care.”

Gonzales says outreach to ethnic communities and increased call center staffing have helped with the sign up effort.

The Kaiser Family Foundation says California has received more federal money than any other state to establish a marketplace.

Covered California will release its own updated numbers on Thursday. 

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