Some 27,000 Sacramentans sign up for health care via Covered California – Latinos slow to enroll


news3Twenty-seven-thousand people in the Sacramento area selected health-insurance plans through Covered California in the first three months of the marketplace’s opening, according to numbers released last week.

This total, says the Department of Health Care Services, equals about 95 percent of the region’s people that officials have guessed will enroll during the application period from October 2013 through March.

Although Latino participation remains disproportionately low, the state’s new health exchange is leading the nation in applications for health insurance under the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act.

In fact, enrollment rates skyrocketed in December, and the program’s launch has rebounded into what analysts are calling a success.

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