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Number of new California health exchange enrollees continues to grow

Number of new California health exchange enrollees continues to grow

California, which has the biggest public health insurance exchange, says enrollment for 2015 continues to surge.

From the Nov. 15, 2014 start of the 2015 open enrollment season through Jan. 11, 217,146 state residents selected a plan in the exchange authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and known as Covered California.

By contrast, during the first two months of the 2014 open season, which began on Oct. 1, 2013, only 109,296 applicants chose coverage.

“We're continuing to see strong interest in enrolling in coverage as open enrollment continues, but there are still hundreds of thousands of Californians who need to sign up,” Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Tuesday in a statement.

The 2015 open enrollment figures are for first-time enrollees. Data about current enrollees renewing their coverage will be released in the coming weeks.

Earlier, Covered California officials said they anticipate enrollment to hit about 1.7 million when the 2015 open enrollment period ends on Feb. 15. That would be an increase of about 500,000 from the exchange's 2014 enrollment.

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