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Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 3:53 pm

Covered California notes North Bay enrollment in first two months


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    Covered California

    Covered California and the California Department of Health Care Services  today released enrollment figures specific to the North Bay  from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30,with just north of 5,200 individuals in Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties obtaining health plans through the exchange established under the Affordable Care Act.

    That amounts to about 5 percent of total statewide enrollment of both subsidized and non-subsided plans, according to Covered California. The North Bay, region 2 out of 19 in the state, makes up 3 percent total of those eligible for subsidies statewide.

    An estimated 10,125 individuals across the four counties have started applications, as well, according to the exchange.

    Approximately 21,000 people in Sonoma County are eligible for subsidies through Covered California, while about 11,000 are eligible without subsidies, according to Pedro Toledo, director of community and government relations for Redwood Community Health Coalition, which is helping with Covered California and health care reform outreach efforts. Another 18,000 are eligible for Medi-Cal expansion. 

    “North Bay area counties are important to our success,” Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said in a statement. “While it is good news that so many who live in these counties have signed up, Californians all have one more week — until Dec. 23 — to enroll for coverage taking effect Jan. 1.”

    Covered California North Bay enrollment by tier - Oct-Nov 2013

    North Bay enrollment by plan tier, October–November 2013


    Covered California North Bay enrollment by carrier - Oct-Nov 2013

    North Bay enrollment by carrier, October–November 2013

    Last week, Covered California and DHCS released statewide figures showing that applications were started for an estimated 777,000 individuals in the past two months.

    Statewide, 109,296 individuals enrolled in Covered California health insurance plans. For the same period, 179,000 were determined to be likely eligible for Medi-Cal.

    Other facts about the North Bay enrollment figures:

    • Approximately 98 percent of consumers chose one of the four health insurance carriers that have traditionally been the largest in the individual market: Blue Shield of California, Anthem Blue Cross of California, Kaiser Permanente and Health Net.
    • For the individuals who were eligible for subsidies, the great majority, or 62 percent, selected the “Silver” level of benefits, which is the level at which the federal premium assistance is targeted. Those who are not eligible for subsidies were more likely to buy across the spectrum of levels of coverage.

    In Sonoma County, the Redwood Coalition said it has screened more than 4,300 households for Covered California and Medi-Cal eligibility, while the total number of health insurance applications and renewals completed was about 3,400 households. The Coalition has trained 52 individuals from Sonoma County to be Covered California certified enrollment counselors and another 89  individual to be certified outreach educators.

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