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Covered California: Older Jump In First, But Officials Buoyed By Number Of Young Enrollees


Health advocates said they plan to use the demographics data as a guidepost to see where outreach is working and where more is needed. They also urged against drawing too many conclusions from the numbers, saying that Californians still have more than four months left to sign up. 

"The first inning of a baseball game rarely tells you what the final score is going to be," said Anthony Wright, executive director of the consumer group Health Access. 

It is too soon to know whether the state will have the right mix of young and old, healthy and unhealthy to make the marketplace financially viable, researchers said. 

“It’s still really the early days,” Mulkey said of the California HealthCare Foundation. “There is a long time before this is all done.”

Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communications organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

Thu, Nov 21 2013

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