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Federal Health Care Enrollment Rate In San Diego Exceeds State

Nearly 60,000 Californians have enrolled in Covered California, the state’s health care exchange, and 370,000 more have begun the application process.

Aired 11/15/13 on KPBS News.

San Diegans are enrolling for federal health care coverage faster than the rest of the state through Covered California. Enrollment is about to become easier in San Diego with the help of more certified enrollment counselors.

San Diegans are enrolling at a faster rate than the rest of the state, making up nearly 10 percent of enrollees, said Covered California executive director Peter Lee, who was in San Diego on Friday to bolster registration.

“Which really bodes very well for the over 300,000 San Diegans who are eligible either for subsidies for Covered California or newly eligible for Medi-Cal," Lee said.

Lee said a range of counselors are coming on board in San Diego this month to help with the enrollment process, including La Maestra Community Health Center, Bayside Community Center and Asian Business Association.

"We have dozens and dozens of trained certified enrollment counselors that can help people enroll in the community here in San Diego, as well as licensed insurance agents," Lee said.

Applications are expected to surge leading up to Dec. 15, which is the deadline to get coverage starting Jan. 1.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 15, 2013 at 10:23 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

It's great to see the affordable care act is benefiting so many in San Diego.

The implementation may be rocky, but the policy is a good one - the Unites States is the only developed nation on earth where millions of people have to worry about bankruptcies due to health care costs.

That's not good for the economy.

When people have adequate access to health care they are healthier, more productive, and more financially secure and all this helps our economy.

Why the anti-healthcare republicans can't grasp this is beyond me.

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