Covered California

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/21/14, 7:45 PM PST |

Half a million people enrolled into private health care plans through Covered California in its first three months, with 85 percent of them receiving tax subsidies to help pay for coverage, according to state data released Tuesday.

The latest figures for October through December show about half of all who have enrolled are between the ages of 45 to 64 and are white. The data also show that nearly 28 percent of California residents who identify themselves as Asian also enrolled.

Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield California and Kaiser Permanente were the top three plans chosen.

State officials said they were pleased with the enrollment figures so far and believed they could reach their goals of adding between 487,000 and 696,000 subsidy-eligible Californians into health care by March 31.

But enrolling the younger uninsured and Latinos remains both challenging and important to implementation of the Affordable Care Act, said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California.

Of the so called “young invincibles” or those 18 to 34 years old, 24 percent were enrolled into policies. And of the 395,614 who listed their ethnicity, about 20 percent were Latino, Lee said.

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