CHA News Article

Poll Reveals Californians’ Views on ACA and Medi-Cal
Also includes view on insurance for behavioral health treatment

The California Health Care Foundation and UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies have conducted a statewide survey to assess Californians’ attitude about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medi-Cal, and health insurance coverage of treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. The data are broken down by region, age, race, gender and income. Overall findings include:

  • More than half (56 percent) of Californians worry that they or a family member will lose coverage if the ACA is repealed and replaced.
  • Support for the ACA is at a record-high 65 percent.
  • Medi-Cal is recognized as an important program by 88 percent of Californians, spanning the state’s regions and political parties.
  •  Three in four Californians believe that coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services is very important, and that this treatment can help people lead healthy and productive lives.