1.4 million get Calif. Obamacare

President Obama

Almost 1.4 million Californians signed up for Obamacare policies during the first open enrollment period, a figure that well exceeded state goals. Nationally, 8 million people signed up for private health insurance via the Affordable Care Act, President Obama announced April 17. "This thing is working," Obama said at a White House press briefing. Covered California led with the big number in its wrap-up, saying "more than 3 ... (More)

Sebelius out as Obamacare leader

Kathleen Sebelius, HHS chief

President Obama's point person on the Affordable Care Act has resigned, a victim of the disastrous performance of the federal Obamacare web site. Kathleen Sebelius, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, will be replaced by Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, an economist with little hands-on experience in the health care field. The resignation of Sebelius (pictured) was not a surprise as ... (More)

Covered Cal opens door to April 15

Health insurance deadline

Saying "there’s only so much you can do operationally," Covered California has responded to a crush of late-minute enrollments with a new conditional deadline of April 15. The deadline-day moves -- in response to web site slowing and outages -- are in the spirit of those announced by the White House for those struggling to sign up for private health insurance via the federal Obamacare web site. Covered California said late March ... (More)

‘We will not be extending deadline’

Covered California CEO Peter Lee - health insurance executive

Despite widespread speculation that the March 31 deadline for Obamacare would be pushed back, Covered California says that won't be happening. "It’s time to get the word out," Covered California executive director Peter Lee, left, wrote March 17. "Californians have until March 31 to be part of making history. We will not be extending the deadline." The White House, however, indicated that those who had technical problems meeting ... (More)

Covered Cal near 1 million mark

Obamacare in California logo - health exchange

Covered California is closing in on 1 million residents signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The state Obamacare operation said "total enrollment in Covered California health insurance plans" reached 923,832 as of March 9. The deadline for 2014 sign-ups looms -- March 31. Taking a more liberal count, Covered California said 3 million Californians have signed up for health coverage through Covered California or ... (More)