Inland Empire's Obamacare Enrollment Figures Released; Numbers Less Than Predicted

A total 39,474 residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties signed up for subsidized and unsubsidized Covered California health insurance plans by the end of the year.

By the end of 2013, the number of uninsured Inland Empire residents who enrolled in healthcare plans offered through the state's health insurance exchange was about half of what was expected, according to figures released Friday.

California Department of Health Care Services officials said that from the time Covered California began enrolling people Oct. 1 to year's end, a total 39,474 residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties signed up for subsidized and unsubsidized health insurance.

The state had projected 76,069 enrollees over the three-month span.

Figures showed 23,417 uninsured Riverside County residents and 16,057 San Bernardino County residents signed up.

Based on a six-month projection of enrollees through the first quarter of 2014, the California Department of Health Care Services had predicted 40,377 for Riverside and 35,692 for San Bernardino.

Data indicated that enrollments in neighboring Orange and San Diego counties have exceeded expectations, at 113 and 105 percent, respectively.

Total statewide enrollment in health insurance plans using Covered California was 500,108 -- about 14 percent below projections.

Covered California is the state's health insurance "marketplace" through which plans are offered to people regardless of income or health status. The exchange was established under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obama Care.

Individuals, families and small businesses are eligible to use the portal, but can also continue to shop in the private sector for coverage, which is mandatory under Obama Care.

Covered California estimates that in 2014, 2.6 million state residents who previously could not afford health insurance will be able to obtain it, in some cases with taxpayer-backed "premium payment assistance," which includes enrollment in Medi-Cal.

Private insurance carriers offering plans via the exchange include Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Health Net and Kaiser Permanente.

Tables and graphics showing enrollment by metal tier and health insurance plan in each region are available online at https://www.CoveredCA.com/news/PDFs/regional-stats-dec/dec-regionals-all.pdf and https://www.CoveredCA.com/news/PDFs/regional-stats-dec/RegionalEnrollmentTables.pdf.

— City News Service.

Jeremiah February 02, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Rebecca - What kind of slavery is it when you cannot even opt out - you become a "lawbreaker" and get penalized. And the penalty goes to the same people so they still get money out of you without having to provide the insurance. This is what all 535+1 people (congress and the president) put into place for the people they were elected to represent. This is not a party line issue - ALL of them crafted this and passed it. Now they put on this show of battling over it but you will notice in reality nothing is being done. This is the specter of future fascism (control of people by the financial interests through government enforcement) rearing it's ugly head. Hold on - it only gets worse from here. **** Jeremiah
Rebecca February 03, 2014 at 12:55 AM
Exactly Jeremiah you couldnt have said it better, and before you didnt need to give your income to get insurance and now you have to say how much you make its health insurance you are not getting a loan I wish there was a way to repealed this ACA
Jeremiah February 03, 2014 at 01:32 AM
What would you repeal it to? It won't make a difference - you'll still be subject to the insurance companies who now have raised their rates - no way are they going to back up those rate hikes and reinstate your old insurance. This is what I mean it was a plan from the very beginning by both sides and the President to benefit the insurance companies rather than the people they were elected to represent. **** Hope you can find something, Rebecca. Best Wishes! **** Jeremiah
John Vollmar February 03, 2014 at 03:22 PM
In 50 years, the "private sector" has NOT covered those disenfranchised by the system. This represents nearly 40,000 human beings - with families, parents, childrenand spouses - NOW BEING COVERED. How can this be a bad thing - no matter WHAT your politics? The insurance companies absolutely needed a kick to the head to get on board. This is a good thing. It really is.


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