CHA News Article

California’s Uninsurance Rate Drops to 6.8 Percent
Lowest rate since 2013

According to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California’s uninsurance rate has dropped to 6.8 percent. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, California’s uninsured rate for all ages was higher than the national average: 17 percent compared to 14.4 percent. Since that time, California’s uninsured rate has dropped by more than 10 percentage points, while the national average has dropped by 5.4 percentage points.

The CDC survey shows wide variation across the nation in the extent to which states have lowered their rates of the uninsured, with particularly striking differences between states that manage their own marketplaces and expanded Medicaid, and those that did not.