State: IE Residents’ Enrollment in Health Insurance Plans Below Expectations

RIVERSIDE – 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 today.

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.

4 Responses to "State: IE Residents’ Enrollment in Health Insurance Plans Below Expectations"

  1. Reality Checker   February 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Gee, imagine that! People can smell a scam when they are confronted with one. Its a bigger ponzi scheme than social security. And this new "MyRa" IRA Scheme is even worse than both oscamocare and social security combined. Yes, sign up to pay four times what you would otherwise for a health plan, (never mind ALL the promises (I mean lies) O’Liar told ya); and now its "hey everyone!, we have a new great retirement plan for you! Just turn over to us incompetent boobs in Washington DC, we’ll Bernie Madoff, (I mean invest) it all for you, then after a couple of decades or so, you can get it all back (but never mind that the interest you make on it wont even keep up with inflation.) Just where do you think that money is going to go boys and girls? YES!!! You guessed it! Its gojng to go bail out insurance companies and state and federal health care exchanges!!! Now, do you really think you will ever see your hard earned retirement come back to you that you were stupid enough to hand over to those boobs in Washington? Really? Why do we need this new MyRa scheme? What happened to Social Security? If that was managed like it should have been, we wouldnt need this new plan. And they want another? Are they stupid? They want us to just hand over all our retirement savings and pensions for THEM to manage? Its a scam. A scam to prop up Oblamo care. Dont fall for it. If you do, I dont feel sorry for you one little bit. If your that stupid, you deserve to lose everything.
    Oh, wait!!!!! WHEEEERE’s LEE?????? Lee, run down there and give the exchanges all your money! QUICK!!! (Sarc off) Well, maybe not…

  2. Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson   February 2, 2014 at 9:25 am

    These calculations may help young uninsureds make a decision about purchasing a health plan on the exchange.

  3. new home owner   February 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    What was #1 all about? Was there a point to all that?

  4. new home owner   February 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Who or what is MyRa and who the heck is Lee? I’ve read the story twice and don’t see anything about either. Have I missed something?


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