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Covered California Says More Than 28,000 People Have Joined Exchange

Oct 8, 2013

The Covered California health insurance exchange reported today that, during its first week of operation, more than 28,000 people became eligible for coverage. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.

Covered California says the level of interest so far shows how eager Californians are for affordable health insurance.

“A million people in week one researching and finding out what’s right for them is huge,” says Peter Lee, Director of Covered California. He says early confusion about the level of interest was the result of semantics not accounting errors.

“We’ll keep being as transparent as we can, giving the media and California as much information as we can about what we’re doing,” says Lee.

New covered California enrollee Paul Torrigino of Sacramento says having affordable health insurance eliminates a lot of anxiety.

“You’re life savings could go. One medical procedure and you could be homeless,” says Torrigino.

More than 400 small businesses have also registered for the exchange and call centers have fielded about 59,000 inquiries.