Sam Tehrani is the Chief Pharmacist at Century Pharmacy. He doesn't get insurance from the drug store and is starting the application process for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
Interesting, as he goes through the process he describes as a bit cumbersome with 6 or 7 pages of questions he also realizes people may come to his pharmacy with prescriptions using the federal health care plan for their coverage.
And, how is the coverage doing? According to Covered California people are applying really fast. Faster now than when the process got slowed down by computer problems.
Peter Lee at Covered California says that "In the first week of December 144,000 individuals completed their applications. That's more than 20,000 Californians a day."
In addition, he says over a half million have completed applications as of December 7th and over 156,000 have selected their plans. That they call "momentum" and when you look at the numbers California is leading the nation with 3 out of every 10 who apply nationally coming from our state.
I went to a shopping strip is West Los Angeles where I found people working at small businesses that don't have insurance and don't get company coverage. In some cases, there aren't interested in Obamacare because of the negative news that's been attached to it. Other's aren't sure they even understand it. Still others are convinced they can't afford it.
You can get more information at www.coveredCA.com. Remember… the deadline is December 23rd if you want coverage starting January 1, 2014.