Covered California said Friday that 28,150 people in the central San Joaquin Valley had enrolled in subsidized and nonsubidized insurance plans through the state's health benefit exchange.
The numbers, for October through December, show a big increase in enrollment in the last month of 2013. Numbers released in November showed only 6,514 Valley residents had enrolled in health plans.
About 90% of people enrolled in the Valley qualify for federal tax credits or subsidies to offset the cost of health premiums. Of the 28,150 who enrolled, 25,559 are subsidy eligible. The Valley's total health-plan enrollment is about 6% of the statewide total.
Statewide, of the 500,108 people enrolled, nearly 85% or 424,936 are subsidy eligible.
People who signed up for health plans by Dec. 23 -- and paid premiums by plan deadlines -- had insurance effective Jan. 1. Open enrollment continues through March 31 to have insurance in 2014.
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