Covered California adds 425,000 under Obama health law

Covered California adds 425,000 under Obama health law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Covered California says more than 425,000 people signed up for private health insurance coverage during the third enrollment period under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Executive Director Peter Lee says the number released Thursday is within the agency’s projection for the year.

Lee says young adults made up 37 percent of the new enrollees this year, up from 29 percent in the first year. Strong enrollment from young people is crucial to the success of Obama’s health overhaul because they use less on health care, keeping costs lower for everyone.

The figure reflects the number of people who shopped for coverage and selected a plan during the three-month enrollment window. Coverage isn’t effective unless they pay their first month’s bill.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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