By April Dembosky
Enrollment in California’s health insurance exchange rose dramatically in early December as the deadline looms for coverage beginning January 1. An average of 15,000 people per day signed up for plans the first two days of this week, up from 7,000 per day last week — the first week of December — and 2,700 people per day in mid-November.
“And that momentum is not stopping, it’s building,” said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state’s marketplace, in a call with reporters.
California continues to outperform other state and federally-run marketplaces, with more people enrolling for plans in California than any other state. As of the end of November, 109,296 Californians had enrolled in a plan –- representing 30 percent of all enrollees in the country. (See top chart.)
Another 179,000 people applied and are likely to be eligible for Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid.
Covered California has been successful in attracting young people to sign up, a critical cohort for balancing insurance pools and keeping the price of premiums low. Eighteen to 34-year-olds represent 21 per cent of enrollees in the marketplace, roughly in line with their representation in the California population. Continue reading