Over 6,500 in Valley enrolled in Covered California health plans

The Fresno BeeDecember 17, 2013 

Covered California said Tuesday that 6,514 people in the central San Joaquin Valley had enrolled in subsidized and non-subsidized insurance plans through the state's health benefit exchange.

The numbers, through Nov. 30, show a steep increase in people enrolling. From Oct. 1 to Nov. 19, less than 2,000 had enrolled from Fresno, Kings, Madera, Tulare, Merced, Mariposa, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

More people are signing up for plans as the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline approaches to have insurance coverage effective Jan. 1. Open enrollment continues through March 31 to have insurance in 2014.

The Valley enrollment is about 6% of the statewide total. According to Covered California, people in the counties make up about 8% of those eligible for subsidies.

Statewide, 109,296 individuals had enrolled in Covered California health insurance plans through Nov. 30.

'"The Central Valley 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."

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