Following gain, California to reopen health coverage signups


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – State officials in California say more than 1.5 million people have purchased health insurance through a taxpayer-funded marketplace.

That’s a 1.6% increase over last year’s enrollment. It’s the first increase after three years of decline.

The increase comes after state lawmakers passed a law requiring people without health insurance to pay a tax.

State officials also announced a special enrollment period will begin Wednesday and run through April 30.

To be eligible, people must check a box on a form that says they did not know about the new tax for not having health insurance.

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