CHA News Article

Report Highlights Projected Coverage, Economic Losses Under ACA Repeal
Fact sheets address select California counties

The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research have released a report, along with accompanying fact sheets, outlining the potential number of individuals in select counties who would lose insurance coverage as well as the potential number of jobs that would be lost under repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). California saw large increases in health coverage under the ACA — 3.7 million adults enrolled in the Medi-Cal expansion and 1.2 million Californians enrolled in subsidized insurance through Covered California, with average annual premium subsidies of $3,700. Statewide, the uninsured rate fell from 17.2 percent in 2013 to 8.6 percent in 2015. According to the report, repealing the ACA threatens not only to leave millions without health insurance, but also to eliminate 209,000 jobs and cost the state economy $20.3 billion in gross domestic product. Further negative impacts could occur, depending on how the federal government restructures federal payments for the entire state Medi-Cal program.  The fact sheets summarize recent research on the impact of ACA repeal on Fresno, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties.