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Riverside County Obamacare Numbers Released

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

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.



ChrisG December 17, 2013 at 09:12 AM
They are really reaching to call this a success. 20,873 started applications. Not applied, not enrolled, just started applications! Mind you 20,873 is less than 1% of the population of Riverside county. Success!
SA December 17, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Oh how about “give a gift for Christmas and give someone ACA and maintain the payment” … this is so insane … Thank you crazy voters…
JJ Mclure December 17, 2013 at 01:19 PM
what a joke...obama is a such a fool
TVOR December 17, 2013 at 05:05 PM
JJ, apparantly your fellow voters are the fools for electing him.
Artemis Gordon December 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever, give a man a fish and he'll vote for socialism, forever.
TVOR December 27, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Give a man a fish and he'll want more next time.

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