Covered California Enrollment Jumps 23 Percent
During the first two weeks of open enrollment, the number of new customers enrolling in health insurance through the Covered California marketplace jumped 23 percent compared to the same period last year. More than 48,000 new customers signed up for subsidized health plan coverage between November 1 and November 14 this year, compared to 39,000 last year. At this time, Covered California does not have figures for how many people have renewed their existing health plans in November.
Despite the Trump Administration significantly cutting funding for enrollment outreach earlier this year, Covered California budgeted $111 million for outreach activities. Additionally, California’s open enrollment is twice as long as enrollment periods for states using the federal health insurance exchange. Even with an increase in new health plan enrollments during this year’s open enrollment period thus far, it remains to be seen if a net gain will be realized throughout the overall enrollment period. More information on the beginning of Covered California’s open enrollment period is available here.