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Californians Maintain Health Insurance Coverage Despite National Trends

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California Health Interview Survey; 2011 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2011); 2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2012); 2013 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2013); 2014 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2014); 2015 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2015); 2016 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2016); Health Insurance Coverage and Programs; Health Insurance Expansion; Uninsured; Medicaid/Medi-Cal; Hispanic/Latino

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The proportion of Americans who went without health insurance significantly declined after full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014.
However, the new federal administration in 2017 and 2018 made policy changes to the health law, and the national uninsurance rate rose in 2018. In contrast, California’s uninsurance rate remained low (8.1%) in 2018, associated with a stronger economy and state efforts to mitigate policy changes affecting the private purchase market. Racial and ethnic groups in 2018 maintained uninsurance rates that had already been cut in half since 2013, although Latino Californians still had rates twice as high as those of other racial and ethnic groups. Uninsured rates were also cut in half between 2013 and 2018 for low- and middle-income households. Higher-income households (400% of the federal poverty guideline and above) experienced smaller declines, though this group already had the lowest rates. State and local policies that target the cost of insurance coverage for those who are ineligible for public health insurance programs may help to further reduce this gap in the future.


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Policy Brief: Californians Maintain Health Insurance Coverage Despite National Trends

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Related Seminar: "CHIS 2018 Data Release"

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Related Slide Presentation: "CHIS 2018 Data Release"

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California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

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California Health Care Foundation

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