Rachel Bluth, Samantha Young, Kaiser Health News, February 18
California’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, saw a 41 percent jump in new sign-ups from last year. This increase has been driven by state policies that provide financial aid to help some people afford their premiums while penalizing those who don’t have coverage. Covered California is also giving consumers who remain uninsured another chance to enroll during a special enrollment period that will last through April. The California figures are in contrast to declining enrollment in the federal exchange, and may offer a view into how states can bolster their marketplaces by reinstating an individual mandate fine, offering enhanced subsidies, and having a longer enrollment period.