Now that the final numbers from Covered California's first open enrollment period are in, experts are already looking ahead to the next steps.
Nearly 1.4 million Californians have signed up for health care coverage through the exchange. Another 1.9 million are now covered by the expanded Medi-Cal program. That's almost 3.5 million state residents.
And yet 5.8 million Californians remain uninsured.
Gerald Kominski, professor of Health Policy and Management and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, said these numbers are on target with early projections.
Kominski says about one million of the remaining uninsured are undocumented and not eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But he expects the majority of the others will gain insurance over the next few years.