Covered California

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November 13, 2013

More than 59,000 Californians have signed up for coverage since the state launched its health insurance marketplace last month, but the figures showed a significant uptick in activity in the first two weeks of November, officials said Wednesday.

Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee, who sought to tamp down expectations for October, said 30,830 customers enrolled in the exchange in the first month and another 29,000 signed up through Tuesday.

Lee characterized California’s numbers as “better than encouraging” even as federal officials struggled to explain lackluster enrollment nationwide.

“This is a proud day for California,” Lee said from the agency’s headquarters in Sacramento.

“We are very pleased with the numbers,” he said. “We are very pleased with the momentum.”

The state figures come on the same day the Obama administration said just 106,000 people nationwide selected health plans in the first month of open enrollment by way of insurance marketplaces run by the states and federal government.

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