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ObamaCare’s Central California Numbers Announced

May 8,2014
Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 3.18.48 PMSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California™ and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced May 7 that from Oct. 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 95,499 consumers in six Central Coast counties enrolled in subsidized and non-subsidized Covered California health insurance plans. The new total represents a 55 percent increase from the 61,474 enrollments recorded through Feb. 28.

The total for San Luis Obispo County was 12,256,mostly eligible for a subsidy through the program.

In other Central California counties Tulare County saw 9832 sign up with the program through March 31 of which 9374 were eligible to get a subsidy. Fresno County signed up 23,164 and Kern County numbers were 18,083. Some 2,160 from Kings County signed up.

Statewide almost 1.4 million are enrolled.

For the Central Coast the six-month Covered California total also represents 293 percent of the base projection of 32,602 enrollments the agency estimated for the region during the entire six-month open-enrollment period.

Along the Central Coast 49.1% of enrollees signed up with Anthem Blue Cross and 43.2 % selected Blue Shield. Some 7.7% picked Kaiser.
In the San Joaquin Valley 69.8% picked Anthem with 11.3% for Blue Shield.

Although open enrollment has ended, consumers who experience a qualifying life event can still enroll in a health insurance plan through Covered California.

Qualifying life events include losing health coverage through a job, getting married or entering into a domestic partnership, having or adopting a child, changing where a person permanently lives or gaining citizenship. For a list of common types of qualifying events, visit

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

The Central Coast counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura represent about 7 percent of the statewide enrollment. The local total includes 85,153 consumers eligible for financial subsidies. These counties encompass Covered California pricing regions 9 and 12.

For the six-month open-enrollment period that ended March 31*, 1,395,929 consumers enrolled in plans statewide. The total increased 58.6 percent from the 880,082 consumers who enrolled by the end of Feb. 28. Covered California reached 1 million consumers enrolled on March 14.

About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.

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