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Nonetheless, federal officials report sign-ups are robust so far this year.
Efforts in past years have cut uninsured rates among Hispanics from 43 to 25 percent, but navigators say they anticipate a challenging sign-up period.
Those relying on the federal government’s safety net are grandmothers, the kid next door, your supermarket cashier — maybe even you.
In California, the rate of uninsurance was 7.3 percent in 2016, below the national figure and less than half of the Golden State’s 17.2 percent rate in 2013, the year before the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion provisions took effect.
As Senate Republicans continue to revise its health care legislative drafts to try to reach 50 votes, the Congressional Budget Act estimates the impact of those changes.
The return to high rates of uninsurance expected under GOP plans to repeal and replace Obamacare would mean less access to health care for people with insurance too, researchers say.
The Senate releases an updated draft of its health care legislation. Read the bill and compare with the original.
The Republicans’ penalty would affect people buying insurance who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days over a year.
The public — and most senators — got their first look at the bill as it was released Thursday morning. It had been crafted in secret over the past several weeks.
The office of State Treasurer John Chiang said the money is an “emergency” response to federal health care cuts being proposed in Washington.