Covered California and the California Department of Health Care Services announced today that from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, an estimated 20,873 individuals in the Inland Empire started applications for Covered California health insurance plans.
Covered California was formed as a result of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
Cumulatively, 9,882 individuals in the counties of San Bernardino and Riverside have enrolled in subsidized or non-subsidized Covered California health insurance plans, which reflects about 9 percent of the statewide enrollment (the two counties make up 13 percent of those eligible for subsidies statewide), according to today's joint statement.
“The Inland Empire is critically important to our success,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “While it is good news that so many who live in these counties have signed up, Californians all have one more week — until Dec. 23 — to enroll for coverage taking effect Jan. 1.”
Last week Covered California and DHCS released statewide figures showing that applications were started for an estimated 777,000 individuals between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30.
For the two-month period statewide, 109,296 individuals enrolled in Covered California health insurance plans. For the same period, 179,000 were determined to be likely eligible for Medi-Cal.Blue Shield of California, Anthem Blue Cross of California, Kaiser Permanente and Health Net were the biggest winners in terms of enrollment numbers under Covered California, according to today's joint statement.
Dec. 23 is the deadline for consumers to enroll for health insurance coverage taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, but Lee said consumers can continue enrolling in Covered California plans through March 31, 2014. Medi-Cal enrollment is continuous throughout the year.