CHA News Article

Covered California and DHCS Release Enrollment Data Through Dec. 31
Data includes subsidy status across metal level, health plan and key demographics

Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that 500,108 Californians enrolled for health insurance and selected plans for the period of Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, while 584,000 applicants were determined likely eligible for Medi- Cal coverage. Of those enrolled, 424,936 are eligible for subsidies and 75,172 are eligible for unsubsidized coverage. Independent estimates for Covered California’s subsidy-eligible enrollment by the March 31 deadline range between 487,000 and 696,000.

“The level of interest is impressive, but consumers now need to take that crucial step of paying their plan so their health coverage can take effect,” Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee acknowledged.

From the Oct. 1 launch of the Covered California enrollment portal through Dec. 31, an estimated 1,993,012 individuals seeking coverage started online applications. In December, 400,096 individuals were enrolled in subsidized or unsubsidized coverage through Covered California, compared to November’s enrollment of 78,377. Medi-Cal achieved similar numbers in December, with 405,000 applicants found likely eligible for coverage, far more than the 108,000 during November.  
Additional data reveal:

  • The December data show an improved trend in the number of enrollment and applications among Latinos.
  • Through Dec. 31, 125,033 consumers ages 18 to 34 enrolled for coverage, or 25 percent of the consumers enrolled. This age group represents about 25 percent of the state’s population but approximately 36 percent of those who are eligible for subsidies. 
  • Most consumers — 303,016, or about 61 percent — signed up for a Silver plan, the second lowest cost of the four plan tiers. About 85 percent of consumers across all metal tiers received some sort of financial assistance.
  • Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Kaiser Permanente and Health Net collectively reflect almost 96 percent of total enrollment.