By Dan Diamond, California Healthline
Anthem Blue Cross had 1,591 people use Covered California to get subsidies and sign up for its health plans in October.
Valley Health Plan had five.
That data point’s taken from a Covered California release that offers some of the first insight into the makeup of early enrollees through the exchange and which plans they’re picking. And while it’s hardly fair to directly compare the two issuers — Anthem has a presence in all 19 of Covered California’s regions, whereas Valley is only offering plans in Santa Clara County — the contrast is eye-catching.
It’s also telling. The biggest players, so far, are getting enormous market share from Covered California’s customers. The smaller plans are seeing a trickle.
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