Covered California Exceeds Enrollment Projections

Covered California has exceeded its projected base enrollment for the 2014 open-enrollment period. As of Jan. 31, 2014, more than 1.6 million Californians have signed up for Covered California health insurance plans or for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal.  Nearly half selected a Covered California health insurance plan. In the first two weeks of February more than 100,000 people enrolled in Covered California, increasing total enrollment to 828,638.

Of those enrolled through Jan. 31, 626,210 are eligible for subsidies. Insurance companies report that 80% of enrollees have paid their first month’s premium.  Additionally, 877,000 applicants have been determined to be likely eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. DHCS has transitioned 652,000 people into the Medi-Cal program from the state’s low-income health program. Automated enrollment has allowed county human services agencies to enroll 106,000 people into Medi-Cal coverage, and another 65,000 were enrolled through the Express Lane program.

January also saw a significant increase in the number of Latinos enrolled. For the month of January, Latino enrollment in Covered California reached 28%, compared to a about 18% for October through December. The enrollment rate of Spanish-speaking Californians increased, representing about 11.5% in January, compared to 5% during the first three months of open enrollment. DHCS also reported improved Latino participation among those likely to be eligible for Medi-Cal enrollment. The percentage of Latinos within the applicant pool increased from 32% as of Dec. 31 to 38% through Jan. 31.

Enrollment of young adults 18 to 34 years old is trending slightly upward, at 26% of the consumers who have selected a Covered California health insurance plan. This age group represents about 25% of the state’s population but about 36% of those who are eligible for subsidies.  Most subsidy-eligible consumers who enrolled — 451,074, or about 62% – signed up for a Silver plan, the second-lowest-costing plan of the four plan tiers. About 86% of consumers across all tiers got some sort of financial assistance.

Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Kaiser Permanente and Health Net lead the way among plans chosen, collectively reflecting almost 92% of total enrollment. In Covered California’s Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), 571 small businesses — representing nearly 5,000 employees and their dependents — have enrolled for coverage.

Consumer response to the application process for Covered California and Medi-Cal has been positive. In the first three months, at least 60% of those who completed enrollment said it was easy. About 82% of consumers said they found the information needed to choose the right health plan for, ACA, HHS, California,

Last Updated 01/11/2022

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