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Covered California marks 1st year with millions more insured
San Francisco Chronicle

Covered California, the state-run health insurance marketplace created by the federal Affordable Care Act, turns a year old Wednesday.

During that time, more than 1.3 million Californians — far more than any other state — have enrolled in private plans, and nearly 2 million have been added to Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. Surveys show that the federal health care law has made a serious dent in the uninsured population, with the uninsured rate cut in half in California.

Still, the state’s health exchange, insurers and local agencies that have worked to promote the program know things have not been perfect.