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California's Uninsured: Coverage Expands, but Millions Left Behind

Paul Fronstin, Employee Benefit Research Institute
Millions of Californians remain uninsured. See the latest data on the uninsured and their income levels, work status, ethnicity, and ability to access care.
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In California, implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped lower the uninsured rate from 16% in 2013 to 11% in 2014. However, the latest edition of California's Uninsured finds that 3.8 million Californians under 65 still remained without coverage.

This report, part of CHCF's Almanac series, looks at the state's uninsured population after the first year of full implementation of the ACA.

Key findings include:

  • From 2013 to 2014, the percentage of Californians who had individually purchased insurance or Medi-Cal increased.
  • Californians age 21 to 24 experienced the largest drop of any nonelderly age group in the percentage that was uninsured, from 25% in 2013 to 16% in 2014.
  • Of the state's remaining uninsured, 1 in 4 was between the age of 25 and 34, and more than half (57%) were Latino.
  • Within the employed population, more than 2 million workers, about 1 in 8, were uninsured.

The complete report, a Quick Reference Guide, and the Current Population Survey (CPS) data, along with past years' editions, are available as Document Downloads.

Related CHCF Pages below offers a link to California's Uninsured and Medi-Cal Populations: A Policy Guide to the Estimates, which provides specific advice to those who frequently need to cite estimates of the number of uninsured Californians using the CPS and California Health Interview Survey data sets.

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The CHCF Almanac regularly publishes data and analysis on California's health care market.

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