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Californians signing up for health insurance at a robust pace

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee at a Nov. 2014 event in Los Angeles kicking off the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.
Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee at a Nov. 2014 event in Los Angeles kicking off the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.
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Californians are signing up for health plans at a robust pace on the state's health insurance exchange, the head of Covered California said Wednesday.

After the new open enrollment period began on Nov. 15, nearly 50,000 people signed up for individual plans by Dec. 3, said Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee. In the 12 days that followed, nearly 100,000 more enrolled, bringing the total for the first month to nearly 145,000, Lee said.

That's significantly more than the 109,000 who signed up in the first two months of open enrollment last year, according to Covered California.

Half of those enrollees have already paid for their plans with a new instant payment feature added to the state-run website, he added. 

More than 200,000 others  have qualified for low- or no-cost Medi-Cal insurance between Nov. 15-Dec. 15, Lee said, noting that those eligible for Medi-Cal can sign up for it year round.
 
Californians now have until Sunday to sign up for health coverage that starts on New Year's Day.