SACRAMENTO, California — More than 107,000 Californians have enrolled for health care under the state's new health insurance exchange.
The new enrollment figures released Wednesday by the federal Health and Human Services Department cover the period ending Nov. 30.
California leads the nation in sign-ups among states under the Affordable Care Act. But the enrollment number still falls short of federal projections before the health insurance sign-up websites launched, when 221,000 enrollments were forecast for California by Nov. 30.
Covered California said this week that it also had a backlog of about 25,000 paper applications for enrollment.
In all, Wednesday's figures show that nearly 226,000 applicants have been found eligible to enroll in Covered California, with about 70 percent qualifying for financial assistance.