Applicants have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that starts Jan. 1. The enrollment for the insurance plans will continue through the end of March.
Ampelia Lopez, a barber in East Los Angeles, said she hopes to get insurance through Covered California but said she was reluctant to enroll right away because of the government shutdown. Lopez said she hopes to get online soon and sign up for coverage so she doesn’t have to pay for her doctor’s visits.
Paul Torrigino, who lives in Sacramento, said he couldn’t afford medical insurance before but recently signed up for a bronze plan and will have a monthly premium of just $1 when the Affordable Care Act policies take effect at the beginning of the year.
“It was a question of, ‘Do I have the insurance or do I eat?’” he said during Tuesday’s press conference. Now, he said, “I have a really great sense of relief.”
Nationally, about 37,000 people have completed applications for coverage, according to the eight state exchanges that have supplied data to Kaiser Health News. This includes nearly 9,500 in Washington state and more than 7,000 in Kentucky. State exchanges in Oregon, Minnesota and Colorado say they will not release any data on completed applications until end of October.
Phil Galewitz contributed to this report.
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.
Tue, Oct 8 2013