California ‘Obamacare’ enrollment up slightly from last year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s health insurance marketplace says enrollment is up slightly from the same period last year despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back the federal health care law.

Covered California officials said Thursday that 48,000 new consumers used their service to sign up for health coverage during the first two weeks of the annual enrollment period. That’s up from 39,000 new customers last year.

The agency boosted its marketing budget to $111 million this year after the Trump administration scaled back federal outreach spending.

Covered California is the state’s insurance marketplace created under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. It allows consumers who don’t get coverage from their employer or the government to compare plans and find out whether they qualify for federal subsidies.

The enrollment period ends Jan. 31.