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California health exchange braces for deadline

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's health insurance exchange is scrambling to help consumers as the deadline hits to enroll for coverage starting Jan. 1. Covered California, the agency overseeing the state's marketplace, says enrollments under the federal health law began ramping up dramatically as Monday's deadline approached.

They have surged to more than 20,000 in just one day, leading agency executive director Peter Lee to say December was "turning out to be an enormous month." Overall, the exchange has reported more than 109,000 enrollments through the end of November, the most recent date for which the exchange has released official figures. Customers who enroll in a health plan have until Jan. 6 to pay their premiums.

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