On January 21, 2014, Covered California (Covered CA) released detailed enrollment statistics for October 1st through December 31st, 2013. Over half a million Californians, 500,108, enrolled in health insurance and selected plans through the end of 2013. Of those enrollees, approximately 85 percent were eligible for subsidies, and about 61 percent signed up for a Silver plan. Another 584,000 applicants were determined likely eligible for Medi-Cal through Covered CA during those three months. December numbers were significantly higher than November’s. About 400,000 enrolled in plans in December, far more than the 78,377 who enrolled in November, and 405,000 were likely eligible for Medi-Cal in December, compared to 108,000 in November.
Enrollment and applications among Latinos improved somewhat in December. Of the close to 400,000 consumers who indicated their ethnicity, almost 20 percent selected Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. Of consumers who have completed applications, but not selected health plans, that number increases to 30 percent. It is estimated that about 46 percent of subsidy-eligible Californians are Latino. Approximately 25 percent of subsidy-eligible enrollees are in the 18 – 34 age group, this is the same as their share of the state’s population, but consumers in this age group are estimated to make up about 36 percent of Californians who are eligible for subsidies.