Reuters, September 10, 2013
(Reuters) - California said it is planning for a full launch of its Obamacare online health insurance exchange on October 1, after testing its functionality. Last month, the state said it was considering a soft launch of the exchange if tests showed it was not ready for wide public access. But tests of the system last week were encouraging, said Dana Howard, deputy director of communications for the Covered California exchange. "All of our testing so far indicates that there is not going to be a problem doing self-enrollment online on Oct 1," Howard said.