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The number of Californians enrolling in coverage through the state's new health insurance marketplace reached 923,832 through Sunday, officials said.

Covered California announced Thursday that 762,174 of the 880,000 residents to select plans through the end of last month were eligible for federal subsidies, surpassing projections for the entire first enrollment period that runs through March 31.

Another 1.34 million are likely to be eligible for Medi-Cal coverage.

"We are rolling toward a strong finish, but we're here to encourage consumers to not wait until March 31 to join the millions of Californians who have already found their pathway to affordable coverage, and enroll today," Executive Director Peter V. Lee said in a prepared statement. "We're building momentum on many fronts: among Latinos, among young people and in communities throughout the state. Californians' desire for health insurance to protect themselves and their families is building on friends telling friends and family telling family."

About 85 percent of all enrollees have paid their first month's premium, Lee added.

PHOTO: A Sacramento State student looks at a pamphlet with information on Covered California on Thusrday, October 16, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.



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