15 Percent Enrolled in Covered California Haven't Made First Month's Payment, Could Lose Insurance: Report

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    Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, announces that nearly 35,000 people signed up for health insurance during the first month of open enrollment, from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Lee added that sign-ups have accelerated in November.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Another problem may be shaping up for the Golden State's answer to the federal health care law.

    According to the San Jose Mercury News, 15 percent of people in the Covered California program have not made their first month's payment.

    The state's health care exchanges said they are trying to bill those enrollees via e-mail and by phone. These people could lose their insurance if they do not pay.

    Last December, the health plans agreed to extend payment deadlines when they ran into huge numbers of applications piling up.

    For people who don't have insurance right now in California, the deadline to sign up is March 31 or pay a penalty.