News Headlines Article

Ranks of the uninsured fall sharply in California
Orange County Register

New health insurance options made available by the Affordable Care Act have cut the percentage of uninsured Californians by half – the sharpest reduction by far among the six largest U.S. states, according to a survey released Thursday.

The survey, conducted by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund, shows that California’s uninsured rate dropped from 22 percent last summer to 11 percent as of early last month. Driving the change were higher-than-expected enrollment in subsidized health plans through Covered California, the state-run insurance exchange, and an expansion of Medicaid, the government insurance program for low-income people.