Valley enrollment in Covered California tops 100,000

The Fresno BeeMay 7, 2014 

More than 100,000 people in nine San Joaquin Valley counties have enrolled in health plans through Covered California, the state's marketplace for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

During the open enrollment period from Oct. 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, an estimated 108,752 people in nine Valley counties enrolled in subsidized and nonsubsidized plans, Covered California said Wednesday.

The Central Valley counties of San Joaquin, Kern, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Tulare, Fresno, Kings and Madera represent about 8% of the statewide enrollment.

Of the 108,752 Valley residents who enrolled in health plans, 100,231 were eligible for financial subsidies, Covered California said.

Statewide, 1,395,929 consumers enrolled in plans.

While the open enrollment period for health insurance plans in Covered California's marketplace ended March 31, consumers who experience a qualifying life event, such as loss of insurance through a job or getting married, can still enroll in a health insurance plan through Covered California.

The next open enrollment period will be in the fall of 2014. Also, Californians can enroll in Medi-Cal year-round.

For information about Covered California and enrollment, visit www.CoveredCA.com.

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