California Healthline: More Than One Million Latinos Enrolled In Exchange or Medi-Cal in Six Months

by David Gorn

More than one million Latinos signed up for health insurance through Covered California or Medi-Cal over the past six months, according to numbers released yesterday by state officials.

The insurance exchange yesterday released its total for its first six-month open enrollment period and the Department of Health Care Services released the number of Medi-Cal additions over that same time frame.

Almost 1.4 million signed up for the exchange, and 1.9 million newly enrolled in Medi-Cal. If an estimated 85% of exchange enrollees actually pay their premiums as expected, that would put paid exchange enrollment at more than 1.2 million Californians, according to state officials.

At yesterday’s exchange board meeting, HHS Secretary Diana Dooley summed it up:

“We had our first [exchange board] meeting three years ago in April, and what a ride it has been,” Dooley said. “I don’t know that any of us could imagine how far we’ve come and what’s been accomplished.”

Dooley said all the hard work in California “proves that the Affordable Care Act is not self-implementing,” she said. 

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