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Covered California Braces for Deadline

California’s health insurance exchange was scrambling to help consumers before the deadline hit to enroll for coverage that starts Jan. 1. Enrollments under the federal health law began ramping up dramatically as the Monday deadline approached, according to Covered California, which reported tens of thousands of applicants signing up daily last week. The agency that runs the exchange said enrollments surged to more than 20,000 in just one day. “December is turning out to be an enormous month for Covered California,” said Peter Lee, agency executive director. He said 53,500 people enrolled during a three-day period last week, compared with about 31,000 during all of October. He had expected December to be busy according to a recent report at www.SFGate.comRunningCA