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Facing Lawsuit, Covered California Ramps up Voter Help

Facing a deadline of early next week for a voting rights lawsuit in federal court, California's health insurance exchange appears to have agreed to send out almost 4 million voter registration forms to those who applied for health insurance since October 1.

The key word, though, is 'appears.'

The groups that threatened the lawsuit believe a settlement with Covered California to a fight that's been going on for months (and one we first reported last December) is forthcoming. But a spokesman for the agency on Friday refused to comment on the issue, even refusing to confirm a legal settlement until documents would be made public days later.

"We felt they had to be prodded," said Trudy Schafer of the League of Women Voters of California. "They really have talked about it a long time, without results."