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New Obamacare enrollments in California top 144,000
New Obamacare enrollments in California top 144,000

California's health insurance exchange said 144,178 people have newly enrolled in Obamacare coverage during the first month of sign ups. During the initial rollout of the federal health law, 1.2 million people purchased a private health plan through the Covered California exchange. State officials are trying to hold on to most of those existing policyholders during the renewal process now and add about 500,000 more to finish open enrollment Feb. 15 with 1.7 million consumers. "The interest here in California remains strong," said Yolanda Richardson, chief deputy executive director at Covered California. "We look for the numbers to grow." Richardson credited...

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