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76,900 San Diego County Residents Signed Up for Covered California

San Diego County represented about 9 percent of the statewide enrollment, which included 65,666 consumers eligible for financial subsidies.

Nearly 76,900 San Diego County residents signed up for health insurance through Covered California over a five-month period ending last month, the agency and the state Department of Health Care Services announced Friday.

The 76,875 enrollments in the state's marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act recorded between Oct. 1 and Feb. 28 represents a 20 percent increase from the 63,846 sign-ups between Oct. 1 and Jan. 31, according to the agencies. Another 78,681 San Diego County residents were also determined likely to be eligible for Medi-Cal.

San Diego County represented about 9 percent of the statewide enrollment, which included 65,666 consumers eligible for financial subsidies.

Authorities reported that more than 880,000 state residents signed up for Covered California health insurance plans during the five-month period ending Feb. 28. As of March 14, that figure rose to more than a million residents.

—City News Service
Ron Selkovitch March 26, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Holly, how do the doctors know you are on Covered California?
Surfing Siren March 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM
I signed up and love it! It is such a better deal than paying privately, I love my new doctor, and got caught up on all of my "tune-ups" already. Three appointments and I paid nothing because it was all preventative. Jay, you always have the option not to pay and just pay the fine. You will be wasting your money and not have coverage, but at least you can feel satisfied that you held out. Not a stance I would take, but good luck. Didn't you say previously that you were already covered from the V.A.?
Jay Berman March 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Ron - 57 healthy single ... I'll pay for my annual exams and lab work cash ... I'm sure something will change - all I want is catastrophic coverage ... accident / disease .. I don't want and will not pay for all the mandated coverage and I'm not alone .. government can't demand an American buy a product they do not want or need ... the taxpayer is already into this mess a trillion bucks .. it can't work, it is impossible now the price of policies will go up more because there were not enough young healthy people enrolled / paid by 3/31 and the death spiral begins ... all this was is a step toward single payer and Americans won't accept that either ...
Jay Berman March 27, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Katy - you are exactly right, we should be able to buy the coverage we want, what works for us. This country is not a one size fits all ... what's right for you may not be right for me ... the people have never wanted it. Sure, we had some problems in the insurance system, mainly from a patchwork of state mandates. Whats needed is TORT reform and eliminating state boundaries when purchasing insurance and a health savings account that is tax free that you or your employer may contribute to, that pays for anything medical including insurance, dental, prescriptions ... simple, market based just like car insurance ..
Mark Shotton March 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM
I had to find a ENT and all of dropped off, so I have to drive to downtown SD or Escondido. Apparently it is not a good deal for the doctors either. I am sure the insurance companies will be making all the extra money!

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