California targets 1.7 million for health sign-ups

Nov 15, 2014 9:58 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After initial missteps caused a choppy start, California health care officials are betting that an upgraded website, more help and better Spanish-language outreach will result in a smoother and bigger second open-enrollment season under the Affordable Care Act this year.

Starting Saturday, Californians who don't have access to health plans through their employer can obtain coverage for 2015 through the state's insurance marketplace known as Covered California. The exchange allows individuals to shop for plans and qualify for subsidies to reduce their premiums. It also directs low-income people to Medi-Cal, the state's free or low-cost Medicaid program.

The state has set a target of enrolling 1.7 million people for private health coverage next year, which would include re-enrolling the 1.1 million people who signed up the first season.

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