State officials have announced that from Oct. 1 to Feb. 28 76,875 San Diego County residents enrolled in subsidized and nonsubsidized Covered California health insurance plans — Obamacare.

“The five-month Covered California total also represents 179 percent of the base projection of 43,054 enrollments the agency estimated for the county during the entire six-month enrollment period, which ends March 31,” the state said. Enrollment in Medi-Cal is year-round.

Homepage of Covered California.
Homepage of Covered California.

Officials said the pace of enrollments in San Diego County is “due in part to enhanced aspects of Covered California’s customer service. The agency has increased staff to answer consumer calls, added phone lines, improved its website efficiency, expanded its live Web chat function and upgraded its Spanish-language Web pages.”

San Diego County represents about 9 percent of statewide enrollment. The local total includes 65,666 consumers eligible for financial subsidies.

For Medi-Cal, the 78,681 likely eligible consumers in San Diego County represent nearly 7 percent of all individuals deemed likely eligible for enrollment, the state said.

For the five-month period ending Feb. 28, 880,082 consumers were enrolled in plans statewide. The total rose to 923,832 through March 9. Covered California also announced Monday that it had enrolled more than 1 million consumers as of March 14.

The state may have an interest in highlighting its enrollment numbers, but are you impressed — or not?

This is the latest in a series of weekday polls in Times of San Diego. For earlier posts, visit Opinion. To suggest poll topics, write contributing editor Ken Stone.

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