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California’s Health Marketplace Opening, Through the Eyes of One Uninsured Woman
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Even before the Covered California call center in Rancho Cordova opened, there were floating balloons and words of congratulations. Health leaders participated in a kick-off celebration. Before the end of the first hour, hundreds of callers were on hold waiting to talk to agents about enrollment.

The day also marked a new era for 41-year-old Melissa Martinez of Davis, California. “I was diagnosed with lupus 19 years ago. I was 22, and I have seen it all. I’ve had good times and bad times,” she says.