Californians enrolling in private health plans at faster clip this year than last

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee.
Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee.
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Californians are signing up for individual health insurance through the state's marketplace at a faster clip than at the beginning of open enrollment last year, according to Covered California, the state's insurance marketplace.

Nearly 50,000 Californians signed up for health plans through Covered California from Nov. 15 to Dec 3, state officials said Wednesday. 

By comparison, fewer than 31,000 Californians enrolled in private plans during the first four weeks of  2013's inaugural open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act -  a period marked by numerous technical glitches that initially kept many from completing applications online.

Additionally, state officials said, about 116,000 other Californians who logged onto the Covered California website since Nov. 15 have been found eligible for low or no-cost insurance through Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid Program.  

Open enrollment for individual and family health insurance plans started Nov. 15th and lasts  through Feb. 15, 2015.  However, Dec. 15 is the last day that consumers can enroll in plans that take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. 

There is no enrollment deadline for Medi-Cal plans; they are available to eligible consumers throughout the year.