Covered CA going strong

Second week of enrollment sees continued interest from Californians

Nearly 95,000 applications for health-care coverage were started through Covered California after the first two weeks of open enrollment.

Though the website for the state’s health-insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was marred by technical difficulties in its opening week, consumer interest has been strong, particularly considering that each application could represent a household of more than one person, according to the Los Angeles Times. Compared to the first week, Web traffic decreased from 987,000 unique visits to 603,000, while calls decreased from 59,000 to 46,000.

Covered California won’t release figures regarding how many people have opted for private insurance or coverage through the expansion of Medi-Cal until November.

The deadline for consumers who want health coverage starting Jan. 1 through Covered California is Dec. 15, though enrollment will remain open through the end of March.