Los Angeles County Residents Flooded Covered California Site in Final Weeks

By Abram, Susan | Pasadena Star-News, May 7, 2014 | Go to article overview

Los Angeles County Residents Flooded Covered California Site in Final Weeks


Abram, Susan, Pasadena Star-News


New figures released Tuesday show that tens of thousands of Los Angeles County residents rushed to sign up for health care plans through Covered California in the final weeks of enrollment, pushing the numbers of insured well pass early estimates.

Nearly 401,000 L.A. County residents chose an insurance plan within the six-month period beginning October 1 and ending on March 31 through Covered California, the state's Affordable Care Act health plan exchange. The figures show that nearly half signed up in the last three weeks of enrollment.

A majority - 87 percent - were eligible for financial subsidies, Covered California officials said. The enrollment period formally closed on March 31, but those who started an application and were unable to finish it were allowed to complete enrollment up until April 15.

"Los Angeles County enrollment is a significant reason for Covered California exceeding its projections during the historic first open-enrollment period," said Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee. "The county represents about 29 percent of total enrollment statewide. Residents there responded with enthusiasm and action during the closing weeks to get health care protection for themselves and their families."

The six-month total in Los Angeles County represents a leap from the base projection of 177,602 enrollments that members of Covered California estimated for the county. …

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