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Covered California Releases ‘Hot Spot’ Maps for Regions as Coverage Deadline Approaches
Consumers must enroll by Dec. 15 to be covered on Jan. 1

As the Dec. 15 deadline to enroll for health insurance starting in January approaches, Covered California has released a list of areas where most individuals who qualify for subsidized health insurance are believed to reside. According to Covered California, these “hot spots” generally contain more remaining subsidy-eligible individuals per capita than the rest of a given region. Covered California developed the map by combining estimates of eligibility for coverage under the Affordable Care Act from a model of California insurance markets — known as the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) — and U.S. Census data from the American Community Survey. The model accounts for individuals who are eligible for other sources of coverage (Medi-Cal, Medicare or job-based coverage), as well as those who are undocumented. The estimates also incorporate Covered California’s currently enrolled consumers, through July 2015.

Covered California “Hot Spot” Maps

Covered California estimates that 750,000 individuals in the state are eligible for help in paying for their health insurance but remain uninsured. An additional 1.4 million individuals statewide are believed to qualify for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Open enrollment continues through Jan. 31; Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round.

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