Minority, youth sign-ups up, despite lower health enrollment

Mar 5, 2015 3:47 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - New data shows California did a better job of enrolling more minorities and young people for health care coverage during the second year of health expansion.

Covered California released data Thursday showing that the percentage of Latinos and African-American enrollees increased from last year. The state also reported a younger mix of new enrollees, which ensures a good risk pool for insurers.

Covered California reports that Latinos made up 37 percent of new enrollees, compared to 31 percent last year. The share of new black enrollees increased slightly from 3 percent to 4 percent.

The exchange increased its marketing through Spanish-language media after it received criticism for failing to reach out to the Latino community the first year.

But a shortfall in overall enrollment could increase fees in the future.

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