Affordable Care Act Enrollments High in California


According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more nearly 365,000 Americans have enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offered states federal funds to design and build their health insurance exchanges. California’s Health Insurance Exchange, “Covered California”, is leading with more than 156,000 sign-ups.

“We are seeing real momentum,” said Peter Lee, Executive Director of Covered California.

However, Covered California reports 58% of enrollees were people aged 45-64, while only 21.8% enrollees were between the ages of 18-34—the prime target group needed to drive down the costs of premiums.

According to a report from HHS and the Kaiser Family Foundation, New York trailed behind California with 45,513 sign-ups, followed by Washington, which posted 17,770.

State-run exchanges with the least number of enrollments included Oregon with just 44, Hawaii with 444 and Massachusetts, which saw 1,138 enrollments.

While these new enrollments show progress, they are significantly less than the projected 3.3 million projected to sign up by the end of December and 7 million by March 31, 2014 when the enrollment closes. However HHS officials are confident numbers will reach the targets early next year.

Dec. 23rd is the last day to enroll in coverage that will start on Jan. 1 and will have until March 31 to sign up for 2014 and avoid a tax.

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