SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — California’s health insurance exchange led the nation in enrollments during its inaugural month of operation, but the 35,000 tentative sign-ups announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services represented just a fraction of the eventual goal.
The first enrollment numbers to be released under the federal health overhaul, using data from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2, also raised as many questions as they answered. Covered California, the agency steering the health overhaul in the state, aims to sign up as many as 2.2 million people by the end of next year, either in private insurance coverage or Medicaid services for the needy.
For those seeking coverage on the open market, the agency will need to quickly escalate enrollments to hit that target.
A report released by Covered California and the California Department of Health Care Services Wednesday indicated 30,830 individuals enrolled in health care coverage through the insurance exchange from Oct. 1-31.