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Covered California Health Care Program Extends Deadline

Covered California is the state's online health insurance exchange.

Credit: Covered California

Above: Covered California is the state's online health insurance exchange.

Covered California Health Care Program Extends Deadline

GUEST:

Peter Lee, executive director, Covered California

Transcript

A surge in enrollment has prompted Covered California to extend its deadline for those wanting to buy health care.

The number of people enrolling in a Covered California health plan this season remains ahead of last year’s pace.

As a result, the exchange has decided to give consumers a little more time to sign up.

So far this season, enrollment in Covered California is up 17 percent compared to the same time last year.

Last Friday was the deadline for people to sign up for coverage that would begin Jan. 1. But high demand has prompted the exchange to extend that deadline for another week.

The entire open enrollment period in much of the country was cut short this year. In contrast, Covered California’s open enrollment runs until the end of January.

Health insurance premiums have gone up. Even so, exchange officials said enrollees who get financial help are actually paying less than last year. That’s because when premiums rise, so do federal tax credits.

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