hide captionThough Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, has a Chinese-language site, many Asian-Americans prefer to buy insurance in person.
While Latino enrollment has lagged in California’s insurance marketplace, Asian-Americans have signed up on Covered California in numbers outstripping their representation in the pool of eligible people.
According to the latest data from the exchange, the overwhelming majority of Chinese-Americans, Korean-Americans and Vietnamese-Americans enrolling are doing so through certified insurance agents, as opposed to community groups or the Covered California website.
There is no charge to consumers who work with agents, whose commissions are paid by insurance companies.
Since January, Asian-Americans have been enrolling in strong numbers. People of Asian descent make up about 14 percent of eligible people, according to estimates compiled by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the University of California, Berkeley’s Labor Center. Asian-Americans
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