CHA News Article

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

Covered California and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that as of Jan. 31, more than 1.6 million Californians have signed up for either Covered California health insurance plans or for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Nearly half of those covered — 728,410 individuals — selected a Covered California health insurance plan. Covered California also reports that, of those enrolled through Jan. 31, 626,210 are eligible for subsidies, and insurance companies are reporting that 80 percent of all enrollees have paid their first month’s premium. Additionally, 877,000 applicants have been determined to be likely eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. DHCS also transitioned 652,000 individuals into the Medi-Cal program from the state’s Low Income Health Program. Automated enrollment allowed county human services agencies to enroll 106,000 individuals into Medi-Cal coverage, and another 65,000 were enrolled through the Express Lane program.

Additional data reveal:

  • For the month of January, Latino enrollment in Covered California reached 28 percent, compared with a cumulative rate of about 18 percent for October through December.
  • The enrollment rate of Spanish-speaking Californians increased, representing about 11.5 percent in January, compared with 5 percent during the first three months of open enrollment.
  • Enrollment of young adults 18 to 34 years old is trending slightly upward, at 26 percent of the consumers who have selected a Covered California health insurance plan. This age group represents about 25 percent of the state’s population but approximately 36 percent of those who are eligible for subsidies.
  • Most subsidy-eligible consumers who enrolled — 451,074, or about 62 percent — signed up for a Silver plan, the second-lowest-cost plan of the four plan tiers.
  • About 86 percent of consumers across all tiers received some sort of financial assistance.
  • Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Kaiser Permanente and Health Net lead the way among plans chosen, collectively reflecting almost 92 percent of total enrollment.

Total enrollment for February will be released in March.