California falling 400,000 short of health sign-up goal

Feb 12, 2015 4:26 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is falling short of its goal to sign up 1.7 million people for private insurance in the second year of the federal health expansion.

Sunday is the open enrollment deadline. The state said Thursday that only about 1.3 million people, 400,000 fewer than the goal, have either signed up for new coverage or started renewing coverage.

A disappointing enrollment season could lead to higher premiums in the future.

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee says the state is hoping for a late surge because people tend to wait until the last minute. He says even if the state doesn't reach its goal, California remains a huge marketplace for insurers.

People who start to enroll or make an appointment by the deadline will have until Feb. 20 to finish.

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