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Health | Inland Empire Enrollment Figures Released by Covered California

The CrowdCovered California™ and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 39,474 consumers in two Inland Empire counties enrolled in subsidized and non-subsidized Covered California health insurance plans.

The three-month total represents 52 percent of the base projection of 76,069 Covered California estimated for the region during the entire six-month enrollment period, which ends March 31 (see the table attached).

The Inland Empire counties of San Bernardino and Riverside represent about 8 percent of the statewide enrollment. The local total includes 34,868 consumers eligible for financial subsidies. These counties encompass Covered California pricing region 17.

For the three-month period, which is half of the open-enrollment period for 2014 coverage, 500,108 consumers enrolled in plans statewide.

Tables and graphics showing enrollment by metal tier and health insurance plan in each region are available online at https://www.CoveredCA.com/news/PDFs/regional-stats-dec/dec-regionals-all.pdf and https://www.CoveredCA.com/news/PDFs/regional-stats-dec/RegionalEnrollmentTables.pdf.

About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.

Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. For more information on Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.

About the Department of Health Care Services
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) works to preserve and improve the physical and mental health of all Californians. DHCS provides health care services for more than 8.5 million Californians through Medi-Cal, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use treatment services and long-term services and supports. This is accomplished through an investment of approximately $70 billion annually in public funds for the care of low-income families, children, pregnant women, seniors and persons with disabilities. DHCS focuses on delivering quality, effective services primarily through the more coordinated systems of care provided by 21 Medi-Cal managed care plans located in all of California’s 58 counties. For more information about DHCS, please visit www.dhcs.ca.gov.

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Total Three-Month Enrollment Compared
with Six-Month Base Projection

Base Projection*
for 3/31/2014

Total Enrolled
(with plan selection)
on 12/31/2013

Difference
from
Base Projection
for 3/31/14

Performance
to date
(% of 3/31/14
base projection)

Geographic Region

Greater Bay Area

89,599

116,635

27,036

130%

Sacramento

28,726

27,227

(1,499)

95%

Central Coast

32,602

35,301

2,699

108%

Los Angeles

177,602

132,209

(45,393)

74%

Specific Counties

 Fresno

14,500

6,748

(7,752)

47%

 Orange

44,392

50,016

5,624

113%

 San Diego

43,054

45,081

2,027

105%

San Bernardino

35,692

16,057

(19,635)

45%

Riverside

40,377

23,417

(16,960)

58%

Statewide

Total

580,000 

500,108

(79,892)

86%

*Covered California projections based on available information, including CalSIM 1.8 data.
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About The Author

Richard Sandoval

Richard Sandoval has been producing events throughout California since 1994. Mr. Sandoval is producer of Hispanic Lifestyle’s signature events such as the annual Latina Conference, SoCal Business Expo and Conference. He has been recognized by several local, state and federal agencies for his efforts to promote positive images of the Latino community. Mr. Sandoval is also a two (2) time Small Business Administration Award (SBA) Winner. Follow on twitter @RDSHLTV

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