California’s Uninsured Rate Stalls after Years of Significant Decline

Renewed Progress Expected in 2020 Due to State Policies that Help People Access and Afford Coverage

SACRAMENTO, CA — Close to 3 million Californians did not have health coverage in 2018, according to a new report from the California Budget & Policy Center based on recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2018 also was the first year since the federal Affordable Care Act was enacted that the share of Californians without health coverage did not drop.

The Budget Center’s report – California’s Uninsured Rate Stalled Out, but 2020 Promises Renewed Progress – by Director of Research Scott Graves and Research Associate Monica Davalos finds the recent trend in large part reflects two factors: 1) federal efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act and 2) state policymakers’ focus on protecting California’s health coverage gains rather than boosting state health investments.

The report also outlines state-level health policy successes in 2019, and how California can make further progress in 2020 and in the coming years to help more people access and afford health coverage.

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