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Report Shows California’s Uninsured Rate Down to 8.1 Percent

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals California’s uninsured rate fell to 8.1 percent at the end of 2015, a full percentage point lower than the national uninsured rate of 9.1 percent. The report, titled Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2015, presents selected estimates of health insurance coverage for the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population based on data from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), along with comparable estimates from the 2010–2014 NHIS.

The report provides three estimates of lack of health insurance coverage: 1) uninsured at the time of interview; 2) uninsured at least part of the year prior to interview, which includes people uninsured for more than a year; and 3) uninsured for more than a year at the time of interview. Estimates of public and private coverage, coverage through exchanges and enrollment in high-deductible health plans and consumer-directed health plans are also presented. The report also includes estimates for all 50 states and the District of Columbia and found that in 2015, 28.6 million people (9.1 percent) were uninsured at the time of interview, a decrease of 2.4 percentage points from the 2014 uninsured rate of 11.5 percent (36 million). About 7.4 million fewer people lacked health insurance coverage in 2015 compared with 2014.

Key report findings include:

  • The number of uninsured declined from 2014 to 2015. In 2015, 28.6 million people of all ages (9.1 percent) were uninsured at the time of interview — 7.4 million fewer than in 2014. In California, the uninsured rate has decreased to 8.1 percent.
  • Among adults aged 18–64, the percentage who were uninsured decreased from 16.3 percent in 2014 to 12.8 percent in 2015. A corresponding increase was seen in the percentage having private coverage, from 67.3 percent to 69.7 percent, respectively. In California, the uninsured rate for this population decreased to 11.1 percent.
  • Among children aged 0–17 years, the percentage who were uninsured decreased from 5.5 percent in 2014 to 4.5 percent in 2015. In California, the uninsured rate for this population decreased to 3.6 percent.
  • Among those under age 65, the percentage who were uninsured decreased to 10.5 percent. In California, the uninsured rate for this population decreased to 9.1 percent.
  • Among those under age 65, the percentage with private coverage through the health insurance marketplace or state-based exchanges increased from 2.5 percent (6.7 million) in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 3.4 percent (9.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The full report is attached.

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