Exchange Enrollment Picks Up

completed for Covered California is getting more than 10,000 applications a day. As of November 19, Californians had completed 360,464 health coverage applications and had their eligibility determined for premium assistance or no-cost or low-cost Medi-Cal.

The rate of enrollment in Covered California health plans has also increased. As of November 19, 79,891 Californians had selected a health plan. During the first week of October, only about 700 people a day selected a health plan. The enrollment rate nearly quadrupled by the second week of November, to about 2,700 plan selections per day.

The increase is mirrored by Medi-Cal, through Covered California and by applications processed by county health agencies. In October, county human services agencies processed 270,670 applications, a 30% increase over the previous month. In October, Los Angeles County had the largest number of enrollments, totaling 6,978, including subsidy-eligible and nonsubsidized consumers. San Diego County, Orange County and San Bernardino/Riverside counties followed closely. Young people, 18- to 34-year-olds, are applying in direct proportion to California’s population.
The following results reveal that most applicants are choosing major carriers:
• 32.7% Anthem Blue Cross of California
• 32% Blue Shield of California
• 17.6% Kaiser Permanente
• 13.7% Health Net
• 1.6% L.A. Care Health Plan
• 0.9% Sharp Health Plan
• 0.5% Molina Healthcare
• 0.3% Western Health Advantage
• 0.2% Contra Costa Health Plan
• 0.1% Valley Health Plan
• 0.1% Chinese Community Health Plan

Last Updated 01/19/2022

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