CSAC Bulletin Article

More Californians Insured, More Counties Cover Undocumented

California Reduces Uninsured 

The United States Census Bureau released their report: Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014, which ranks California as the fifth state with the largest drop in the uninsured rate. The UC Berkeley Labor Center reports that the number of uninsured Californians under the age of 65 was reduced by 5 percent – 16.4 percent in 2013 to 11.4 percent in 2014 – according to the Current Population Survey Data. In 2014, 3.8 million Californians under age 65 remained uninsured; 1.6 million left than 2013. The drop in the uninsured is more prevalent in particular demographics, including: Low-income individuals, young adults, part time workers and Hispanics. 
This sizeable drop in the uninsured rate in California represents the first full-year of ACA implementation. With time and additional coverage expansions in California – such as Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented children beginning in May 2016 – we would anticipate a further decrease in the remaining uninsured in California. 

Counties Serving the Undocumented

This week, Contra Costa became the 47th county in California opting to serve undocumented adults. Counties that have opted to serve the undocumented include the 35 CMSP counties – Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, and Sutter – Alameda, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Kern and Ventura. 

CSAC’s Latino Caucus will be co-sponsoring a workshop that examining local efforts in serving undocumented individuals during our 2015 CSAC Annual Meeting. 

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