Officials with Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace, announced their first week's results Tuesday morning, and they were pretty happy about the numbers:
- 987,440 unique visitors
- 16,311 applications completed
- 27,305 applications partially completed
"These are big numbers and they're proof of the pent-up demand for coverage that is here in California and also across the nation," said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California.
The three call centers around the state handled 59,003 calls. Lee pointed out that long wait times were cut to less than 4 minutes by last Friday.
At a meeting of health advocates in downtown Oakland, Ellen Wu, executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network let out what can only be termed a squeal of delight when she announced the numbers at the event.
"They sound great, don't they?" Wu said. "It's very exciting, ... shows that it's working." Wu also joked that advocates had been afraid to visit the Covered California website during its first few days, out of fear of making it crash. "None of us wanted to be the one to bring it down," she said.