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Covered California shares usage stats week after launch
Sacramento Business Journal

Staffers for California’s new health care exchange pushed back on Tuesday against reports of glitches in the first week of open enrollment and instead claimed the system was exceeding expectations. Californians completed more than 16,000 household applications for health plans through Covered California between Oct. 1 and Oct. 5, the first week of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

The exchange’s call center also received roughly 59,000 phone calls, according to figures released Tuesday by the exchange, and more than 400 businesses have signed up for the Small Business Health Options Program.