California is among the 10 states with the largest increases in the percentage of small town and rural children covered under the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in this group swelled from 43 percent in 2009 to 54 percent in 2015, according to a report released last week by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. California is also one of the 14 states where more than half of children in rural areas are now covered by Medicaid.
The places where Medcaid coverage expanded the most could have the most to lose under proposed GOP cutbacks to the program. Read more about the Georgetown study in this story by Phil Galewitz.