California leads the way in health-care enrollments since launch

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By Raju Chebium
Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - California was tops in the nation in health-insurance enrollments in October and November, a new Obama administration report shows.

Covered California enrolled more people - 107,087 - than health "exchanges" set up by 13 other states and the District of Columbia, according to the report released by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Californians accounted for 47 percent of the 227,478 Americans who chose coverage through state and D.C. online marketplaces.

In all, 364,682 people signed up for coverage from Oct. 1-Nov. 30 on state and federal exchanges required under the Affordable Care Act. No other state posted a higher enrollment number than California.

More people signed up via state exchanges, which generally have fewer technical glitches than the federal site. The exchanges are designed to allow people to shop for plans offering varying levels of coverage and select suitable policies.

The enrollment statistics don't show how many people who selected exchange plans have purchased them.

Gannett Washington Bureau

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