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San Diego Enrollment In Covered California Beats Projections

Evening Edition

Aired 4/24/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Gary Rotto, Director of Health Policy Council of Community Clinics San Diego

Dr. Theodore Mazer, Former President San Diego County Medical Society


Back in October, officials predicted 43,000 San Diegans would enroll in Covered California health plans.

The final number was 121,900 — nearly triple that projection.

Almost 1.4 million people enrolled statewide. 1.2 million were eligible for federal subsidies.

In addition, San Diego County officials report more than 100,000 residents signed up for the expanded Medi-Cal program.

Gary Rotto is director of health policy at the Council of Community Clinics. He said when you combine Covered California and Medi-Cal enrollments, the number of uninsured in the county has been reduced by more than 40 percent.

“I don’t that think anybody could have projected that, especially with the hiccups that we all had in the beginning," Rotto said. "Our process went a little bit smoother than that at the federal level, but still, there were some start-up issues.”

Rotto pointed out the main issue now is to make sure people have access to care. He said there’s ample primary care, but specialty services remain a challenge.

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meryl | April 23, 2014 at 11:25 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Here's my story. It's true. I cannot get coverage through Covered California. They sent me to Medical and Medical says I make too much money monthly through UI. I have appealed and I am contacting legislators and media about the problem. I have advocated and waited for this to come to pass. Now I'm still uninsured. I preferred to buy from the CC exchange but it wouldn't allow me to. The agencies haven't coordinated their methods and the State and IRS use annual income, but the county uses monthly. There are probably 1 million Californians unable to get insurance who are in my situation with UI or are part time or seasonally employed. It's a nightmare! Please see this article about me by my broker Kevin Knauss.

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