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California uninsurance rate drops to 7.2 percent

Posted: 8:35 PM, Sep 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-13 03:35:31Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- California’s uninsured rate is seeing a downward turn, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Figures released Wednesday show that 7.2 percent of Californians lacked health insurance in 2017, down from 7.3 percent the year before.

Nationally, the uninsured rate was 8.8 percent. California embraced the Affordable Care Act and the state-run Medi-Cal program that now covers one in three Californians.

The state expanded Medi-Cal to young people with low incomes who are living in the country illegally.

Many of the state’s remaining residents who are uninsured are not eligible for publicly funded health care due to their illegal status.

Others don’t get employer-sponsored health plans and don’t make enough to qualify for large subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.