Covered California’s Historic First Open Enrollment Finishes With Projections Exceeded; Agents, Counselors, Community Organizations And County Workers Credited As Reason For High Enrollment In California
Covered California, Department of Health Care Services and Other Partners Help More Than 3 Million Californians Get Coverage
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With a final surge over the past two weeks, more than 3 million California consumers enrolled in health insurance plans or in Medi-Cal by April 15, Covered California™ and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today.
“Bringing health insurance and health care to so many Californians is a big achievement that was accomplished in no small measure by the work of our employees, our partners at DHCS, insurance agents, Certified Enrollment Counselors, county partners and community organizations who spread the word about this historic initiative,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “We are proud of what California has achieved, but recognize this is only the beginning of a long road of expanding affordable coverage to all Californians.”
From April 1-15, 205,685 consumers – including a one-day record of more than 50,000 on the final day – completed their applications and selected health plans through the Covered California exchange, bringing the total to 1,395,929 at the end of the historic, first open enrollment period. The total exceeds the base projection for Covered California for the entire six-month enrollment period by more than 815,929.
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