Covered California Enrollment Slips In Tandem With Federal Trend Of Fewer Sign-Ups
But state officials said they met their projections of 400,000 new enrollees.
San Francisco Chronicle:
New Enrollment In Covered California Drops 3 Percent
The number of Californians newly signed up for health insurance through Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act, dropped 3 percent compared with last year, according to enrollment figures released by Covered California on Monday. About 412,000 people signed up for health plans through the exchange during the open enrollment period for 2017, compared with 425,000 who signed up during open enrollment last year. The falloff comes amid a national decline in enrollment in health plans through Healthcare.gov, the federal insurance marketplace used in several dozen states but not California, which fell for the first time, according to figures released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday. (Ho, 2/6)
Despite Obamacare Uncertainty, Covered California Signs Up 412,000 New Enrollees
About 50,000 signed up in the last two days of open enrollment, which ended Jan. 31, according to Covered California. Young adults – ages 18 to 34 – accounted for more than a third of enrollments, which officials say will help keep overall premium costs down. This year, young adults accounted for about 37 percent of new Covered California enrollments, compared with 29 percent in 2014. (Buck, 2/6)