According to a Kaiser Family Foundation Survey, approximately 70 percent of California residents previously uninsured, are now signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare came into enactment in 2013. According to the survey results, 1.3 million residents of the state of California signed up for health insurance via Cover California. Another 4 million are health insured via Medi-Cal.
The Kaiser Family Foundation survey is one in a list of many surveys which aim to estimate the impact on the lives of those who choose to sign up for health insurance under the ACA. Of the 1.3 million Californians covered via Cover California, 63 percent declared that they are satisfied with what the health insurance plan offers.
Of the Californians insured via Medi-Cal, 83 percent declared that they are satisfied with their healthcare plan.
49 percent of those enrolled for health insurance stated that they were facing problems with paying for their healthcare plans. That is a significant decrease from 2013 when the ACA was enacted. At the time, 86 percent of declared that it was difficult to keep up with payments.
The satisfaction of those insured was also surveyed. When asked how satisfied are they with how the health insurance plans meet their need, 86 percent of Californians were on the positive side. Since 2013, that number represent an increase of 35 percent.
Only 28 percent of those insured stated that they were not satisfied with how their medical needs are being met by the healthcare plans.
According to the survey results, 41 percent of California uninsured residents are not eligible for health insurance as they are illegal immigrants.
Concerning the children of illegal immigrants, California Governor Jerry Brown signed on a plan last month that sees these children receive healthcare. Adults are not included in the provisions.
According to Daniel Zingale, California Endowment senior VP:
“But the survey results also demonstrate the work we still need to do, to make sure the remaining uninsured get the access they need to affordable, quality health care.”
Indeed, another 43 percent of the remaining uninsured residents are eligible, but chose to remain uninsured in the past two years or more.
The Kaiser Family Foundation Survey results indicate that of the remaining, 26 percent are eligible for the Medi-Cal plans, while another 25 percent are eligible for the Covered California healthcare plans.
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