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Covered California rolls out health plan choices, rates

Today was a big day for Covered California, the new state-run marketplace for health insurance created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The health exchange rolled out the 13 regional and statewide plans that will be available to more than 5 million Californians eligible to buy coverage through the new system beginning Oct. 1. The choices include two statewide plans — Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross — plus Kaiser Permanente, which will be available everywhere except the central coast counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito.