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Covered California Hits One Million Enrollees
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.
The Health Society, a D.C.-based networking group for young policy professionals is offering a Starbucks gift card to whoever produces the “nerdiest” Tweets with the hashtag #healthpolicyvalentines.
Insurance rates for Covered California insurance plans were supposed to be released this month, but officials are holding off until August due to continued uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
California could face an additional $30 billion annually in health costs a decade from now under the Senate Republican health care plan, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the Brown Administration.
Medi-Cal and Covered California will continue operating as usual now that the House Republic bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act has been pulled.
President Donald Trump and his administration want to turn Medicaid into a block grant program, which policy analysts say could put more burden on states to cover costs -- and lead to coverage cuts in California.
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