The San Francisco Bay Area region continues to exceed projections when it comes to the number of people signing up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, according to figures released Friday.

Covered California and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced Friday that 116,635 consumers in the nine-county Bay Area enrolled in subsidized and non-subsidized Covered California health insurance plans from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

That three-month total represents 130 percent of the base projection of 89,599 that Covered California estimated for the region during the entire six-month enrollment period, which ends March 31.

The online marketplace was set up under the Affordable Care Act to offer coverage for almost everyone regardless of preexisting conditions or whether they had employer-based coverage. Like other parts of the president's signature and controversial law, it is intended to bring more people into wellness and preventive care through insurance.

The figures released Friday include enrolees from the counties of San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma -- some 23 percent of the statewide enrollment. The local total includes 92,316 consumers eligible for financial subsidies.

For the three-month period, which is half of the open-enrollment period for 2014 coverage, 500,108 consumers enrolled in plans statewide.


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In addition to the overall numbers, Covered California included some breakdown by region.

In the NorthBay Region, which includes Solano, Napa, Marin and Sonoma counties, 17,791 enrollees were subsidy-eligible while 3,669 were unsubsidized. The vast majority of those enrolled selected Kaiser Permanente or Anthem Blue Cross as providers.

Meanwhile, the effort to sign up more people for health care continues.

The California Endowment announced recently that it is awarding $23 million to three dozen California counties or county groups -- including 11 in the greater Bay Area -- to help increase enrollment in Medi-Cal, the state's health program for the very poor.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma counties received anywhere from $100,000 to almost $703,000 in funding.