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California health exchange reports improvements, more than 16,000 household sign-ups
Sacramento Bee

The head of California’s health insurance marketplace said Tuesday that more than 16,000 households have completed applications in the first five days of enrollment, largely overcoming early technical setbacks that continue to hamper other states.

Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said the response from Oct. 1 through Oct. 5 underscores the demand for health insurance in the state. The federal health care law requires nearly everyone to purchase insurance or pay a penalty.

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