Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
More than 20,000 people in San Diego County started applications for Covered California health insurance plans from October through November, according to the California Department of Health Care Services.
Cumulatively, 10,231 individuals in San Diego County have enrolled in subsidized or non-subsidized Covered California health insurance plans, which reflects about 9 percent of the statewide enrollment.
“San Diego County is critically important to our success,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said.
Covered California is the state's health care exchange and a part of the national Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Dec. 23 is the deadline for consumers to enroll for health insurance coverage taking effect Jan. 1, but Lee pointed out that consumers can continue enrolling in Covered California plans through March 31, 2014.