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The Uninsured

California’s uninsured rate has steadily dropped since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014. In 2013, California’s uninsured rate was 17%.  In 2016, California’s uninsured rate reached a historic low of 7.1%, according to estimates from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).  There are currently less than 3 million uninsured Californians.

Estimates from the NHIS represent the most current information on the uninsured.  Current estimates of California’s remaining uninsured vary from 7.1% to 8.6% depending on which source is used and the timeframe for the estimate.  All of these sources do reflect the dramatic drop in California’s uninsured rate post ACA implementation.

CMS Study Finds Health Spending Growth Rate Remains Low for Third Consecutive Year

Health Affairs published a recent study from the Office of the Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the investigators found that total spending on health care in the United States was $2.7 trillion in 2011 and grew 3.9% from 2010 to 2011. This rate of growth […] more

California Continues to Have the Greatest Number of Uninsured Residents in U.S.

A new report from the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) indicates that California continues to be the state with largest number of uninsured residents, 7.1 million. The state ranks seventh in the overall share (22%) of its residents who are uninsured. These findings are a part of a long-term decline in […] more

Integrating Medical Care with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services in L.A. County: A Status Report

An opportunity exists to integrate mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services with medical care in a patient-centered manner under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and federal parity requirements. Survey results on health care preferences of low-income Californians suggest that the safety net should provide more […] more

September California Exchange Board Meeting: SHOP, Consumer Assistance, Stakeholder Engagement Options

The California Health Benefits Exchange Board will meet in Sacramento tomorrow, September 18, 2012. The agenda includes action on the Exchange’s stakeholder engagement plan, the qualified health plan (QHP) solicitation process, and the operations of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). In addition, the Board will discuss ombudsman and […] more

Affordable Care Act Provisions for Consumers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the most consequential piece of health care legislation in decades and remains deeply controversial among the American public more than two years after becoming law. Even though some individuals have strongly held opinions about the law, much of the public still has a relatively […] more

Models of Care to the Residually Uninsured

These are working drafts of two reports on the residually uninsured. more


Overview LA Health Action (LAHA)[i] convened the Strategy Team for Access, Reform and Transformation (START) in the fall of 2010 to create strong, effective L.A. County partnerships to prepare local safety net institutions for federal health reform. Background LAHA commissioned Harbage Consulting to conduct interviews with key thought leaders from […] more

The Undocumented and Health Care Reform

Federal healthcare reform has made an unprecedented effort to extend affordable healthcare coverage to millions of Americans. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) impressively aims to expand private insurance, Medicaid and Medicare, invest in preventive services and the medical workforce, protect patients against unfair insurance practices, and establish […] more

Overview of the Uninsured (2006-2009)

Overview of the state of California’s uninsured between 2006-2009. Includes statewide as well as regional data (Bay Area, Central Coast, Central Valley, North Central, North Rural, Southern California) on demographics, insurance coverage, community clinics, hospitals, and county health. more

Farmworkers Briefing

A briefing on coverage options for California’s farmworkers more