- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

California’s state-run Obamacare market says its exceeded its 2014 open-enrollment goal with six weeks left to go in the sign-up period.

Through last Friday, Covered California had enrolled 828,638 people in private health plans, including more than 100,000 in the first two weeks of February, the health exchange said on its official Twitter account.

So far, 626,205 enrollees in the nation’s most populous state have been deemed eligible for government subsidies to defray coverage costs, and insurers say 80 percent of enrollees have paid their first premium.

Enrollment in health exchanges linked to the Affordable Care Act began Oct. 1 and will end on March 31.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration said more than 3 million Americans had selected a private plan in the Obamacare marketplace as of the end of January.