CHA News Article

Covered California Releases Data on Consumer Plan Selections and Individual Applications Completed
Data also includes subsidy status and health plans by regions

Covered California reports that the number of applications completed for health coverage has reached more than 10,000 a day. During the week ending Nov. 16, 71,188 applications were completed, with applicants’ eligibility for premium assistance or no-cost or low-cost Medi-Cal determined. As of Nov. 19, Californians had completed 360,464 health coverage applications and had their eligibility determined for premium assistance or no-cost or low-cost Medi-Cal. Of the applications completed, about 39 percent, or 135,000, will likely result in Medi-Cal coverage for currently uninsured or underinsured individuals.

Covered California also reports that the rate of enrollment in Covered California health plans has increased. As of Nov. 19, 79,891 Californians had selected a health plan. Compared with the first week of October, during which about 700 people a day selected a health plan, the enrollment rate nearly quadrupled by the second week of November, to about 2,700 plan selections per day. The increase is mirrored by Medi-Cal, both through Covered California and by applications processed by county health agencies. In October, county human services agencies processed 270,670 applications, a 30 percent increase over the previous month.

In October, Los Angeles County, where pricing regions 15 and 16 are located, had the largest number of enrollments, totaling 6,978, including subsidy-eligible and nonsubsidized consumers. San Diego County, Orange County and San Bernardino/Riverside counties followed closely. Expanded data about those who enrolled during October shows that 18- to 34-year-olds are applying in direct proportion to California’s population. Of the 30,830 individuals who enrolled during October, 22.5 percent, or about 6,900, were between 18 and 34 years old. This group makes up about 21 percent of the state’s population.

English was by far the predominant language of those who enrolled during October. Covered California anticipates a more diverse language mix in the coming months, with greater in-person enrollment, as language-specific outreach and marketing rolls out in November and December.

For more details about applications and enrollment, please see the charts in the attached press release.