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7 Million Californians Uninsured

Nearly 14 percent of Californians — over 7 million people — are uninsured at least part of the year. Of the uninsured, 40% or 2.8 million California citizens, have incomes of below the federal poverty level (FPL) and qualify for Medi-Cal but are not enrolled. This fact highlights the outreach and enrollment challenge the Covered California health insurance marketplace faces. Another 12% will qualify for Medi-Cal as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Demographics of the Uninsured Population

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Regional Distribution of Uninsured

California’s uninsured population is spread throughout the state. The state’s vast expanse, diverse geography, and mix of urban and rural areas are unique. Almost 60% of the uninsured are in Southern California. (Click image to enlarge.)

Working Uninsured

Only one-fifth of uninsured Californians do not work. Nearly one-third — over 2 million people — have a head of family who is employed by a large firm. Coverage for dependents is often unaffordable for lower-income employees.

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