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Number of Californians without Insurance Cut in Half

Number of Californians without Insurance Cut in Half
Posted July 10th, 2014 @ 4:32pm by KFBK News - Joe Michaels

The number of Californians without insurance has been cut in half by the first enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.  

A survey released today by the Commonwealth Fund finds more than 3.75 million Californians are newly covered, including 1.4 million with Covered California.

That drops the state's uninsured rate from 22 percent late last summer to 11 percent as of this June.  

"It means that literally millions of Californians have health insurance through MediCal or Covered California. So they no longer live one emergency room visit away from bankruptcy. They no longer live sicker and die younger," Beth Capell, an advocate with Health Access California said. 

She says there's been high demand for the new coverage options, despite system slow-downs.  

The consumer advocacy coalition is working to improve signups for the next enrollment period, which begins in November.

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