February 19, 2015
Area(s) of Interest: Access to Care Advocacy
Covered California announced that it had 1.4 million people on its rolls and that it had extended the deadline to buy health insurance for people who say they weren't aware they would face a tax penalty.
According to Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, as many as 600,000 California residents face a penalty under the Affordable Care Act for not having insurance. The extension does not exempt people from paying the 2014 tax penalty, but would help them avoid bigger penalties in 2015.
On the national front, the White House announced that 11.4 million people had signed up for health coverage during the Affordable Care Act’s second enrollment period, exceeding its modest enrollment goal of 11.2 million with a final-day rush of applications. The administration announced that it expects 9.1 million people to pay their premiums and keep coverage in effect through 2015.
Click here to see enrollment numbers on the national level.