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Covered California Slow to Release Healthcare Data

Facts and figures on new healthcare enrollment from Covered California have been slow in coming.



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    Enrollment figures in Covered California may be available next month.

    We know how many people have visited Covered California's website since the Affordable Care Act went live -- 2.2 million -- and how many people in California have created accounts on the Obamacare health care exchange -- 126,000.

    But how many people have bought new insurance since they were able Oct. 1?

    Peter Lee, head of Covered California, isn't saying -- not until November.

    Critics of Obamacare point to the federal Web site's "near-meltdown" in 36 other states, and the failure of other states to release enrollment figures since the marketplace opened for business as more reasons to kill the law off -- as Republicans in Congress eagerly want to do.

    And Lee says that the site shoudl be transparent -- but that transparency can wait, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    In an interview with the paper's editorial board, Lee said that time is needed for Covered California to assemble data and to ensure that numbers presented are accurate.

    "Let's have reasonable expectations," he said, while comparing Covered California to Silicon Valley titan Apple. "They don't jump uip and down with how many iPhones [were] sold today," he told the newspaper.

    After the data is released, individuals whose insurance is being canceled under the new law will have until Dec. 15 to sign up for new insurance, the newspaper reported.

    Insurance companies are at this moment informing their clients if their coverage is going bye-bye.

    In January, more information will be available on Covered California's Web site, including ratings of available plans.

    That's been important, but not as important as cost. Most people "care about affordability" when looking for new plans, Lee told the newspaper.

    That's why they call it the Affordable Care Act, no?

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