2016 Edition — California’s Uninsured

Coverage expands, but millions left behind

Paul Fronstin, Employee Benefit Research Institute


After the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the uninsured rate in California dropped from 16% in 2013 to 11% in 2014. However, 3.8 million Californians under 65 still remained uninsured.

California’s Uninsured: Coverage Expands, but Millions Left Behind provides a look at California’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, over 2 million workers, about 1 in 8, were uninsured.

The full report, a quick reference guide, and all of the charts found in the report are available for download below. Also available is the Current Population Survey (CPS) data file. These materials are part of CHCF’s California Health Care Almanac, an online clearinghouse for key data and analyses describing the state’s health care landscape. See our entire collection of current and past editions of California’s Uninsured.