Health Care Reform
Officials with California’s health insurance exchange Tuesday said about 625,000 people have signed up for an individual or family policy under the federal health care reforms, but enrollments for Latinos and younger people continue to lag expectations.
With its first major deadline in the past, California’s health insurance exchange is urging the thousands of people who enrolled for coverage to take the next step and pay for it.
Monday was the deadline to apply for health coverage beginning with the new year, but it was extended until Friday for those who had already started the process.
Friday will be the end of the grace period to get health insurance starting Jan. 1 for consumers who were frustrated in their attempts to sign up by Monday’s deadline.
The agency overseeing California’s health insurance exchange offered a bit of breathing room for consumers who tried but failed to meet Monday’s deadline for coverage starting in the new year, as its website and call centers were overwhelmed by last-minute demand.
Older Californians are continuing to enroll in the state’s health exchange at a higher rate than younger residents, according to figures released Thursday.
California’s health insurance exchange has a backlog of 25,000 paper applications that must be processed by Dec. 23 for the applicants to get health insurance starting in the new year.
Implementation of the health reform law continues through 2014 with these key dates.
The Obama administration has recruited engineers from several prominent technology companies to help fix the technological problems preventing people from signing up for government-mandated health insurance.
Officials with California’s health insurance exchange say more than 16,300 applications were processed during the marketplace’s first five days of operation.