Nearly Three-Fourths Of Previously Uninsured Californians Now Covered, Survey Finds
The largest group of people who are still uninsured in the state are undocumented immigrants.
Los Angeles Times:
Fewer Californians Were Uninsured In 2016, But Medical Costs Remain A Concern For Many
Nearly three-quarters of Californians who didn’t have health coverage before the Affordable Care Act are now insured, yet many are still concerned about their medical expenses, according to a report released Thursday. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey tracking the state’s uninsured population found that 72% of those without insurance in 2013 had a health plan in 2016. That’s a small increase from the 68% who had coverage last year and 58% the year prior. (Karlamangla, 8/18)
California Healthline/Kaiser Health News:
Survey: Millions More Californians Insured After Obamacare Launch, Medicaid Expansion
Some of those remaining uninsured are undocumented immigrants who don’t qualify for federally subsidized coverage. Others may be eligible but unaware of their options, and still others said they were worried about costs, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.) There is a lingering perception “that it is not affordable for them,” said Bianca DiJulio, an associate director at the foundation. Many of those still without coverage are Latino; one-third of all Latino survey respondents are still uninsured. (Gorman, 8/18)
San Francisco Chronicle:
Federal Health Law Has Cut Uninsured In California By 72%
The study, the fourth in a series of surveys of Californians who did not have health insurance in 2013, found that 72 percent have since obtained coverage, either through their employer, the state exchange created by the federal health law or through Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor. This number is slightly higher than the 68 percent reported last year, a gain that represents hundreds of thousands of newly insured Californians. The state had the largest number of uninsured in the country, with about 6 million residents lacking coverage in 2013. (Colliver, 8/18)
Obamacare: 72 Percent Of Previously Uninsured Californians Now Have Health Plans
From here on, experts say, any significant enrollment gains are likely to come about as a result of changes to federal or state health care policies, including attempts by California legislators to allow undocumented residents to join Medi-Cal, which is now prohibited. (Seipel, 818)
The New York Times:
Six Years Into Obama’s Health Care Law, Who Are The Uninsured?
Roughly 20 million more Americans have health insurance now than when President Obama’s health care law was passed in 2010. But as Mr. Obama prepares to leave office, there are still about 24 million adults with no coverage, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund, a health research group. That translates to an uninsured rate of about 13 percent, down from 20 percent in 2013. Who are the remaining uninsured? (Goodnough, 8/18)