A report published recently reveals that over two-thirds of adults in California who were uninsured prior to the Affordable Care Act, the official name of Obamacare, now have coverage.
Mollyann Brodie, a senior VP at US nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, said that although it’s true that Obamacare has managed to reach a large share of the uninsured people in California, there and still some who don’t have health insurance. According to Brodie, the people who are still left are much harder to reach. The survey findings were released by the nonprofit on Thursday.
Brodie said that the results of the survey indicate that the majority of the people opting for the coverage are interested in the benefits of having health insurance and want to see their medical requirements being met.
The survey followed a group of 2,001 Californian adults. Each of these individuals was uninsured prior to last year’s healthcare expansion through the Affordable Care Act.
Another survey conducted around a year back revealed that 58% of uninsured adults in California have signed up for health coverage following the first open enrollment phase.
According to numbers put up by the new survey, 34% of the new insurance holders have signed up for Medi-Cal, the low-income health program of California. Fourteen percent got employer coverage, 12% enrolled for Covered California and 8% of the newly insured got some other coverage.
Around 32% of the uninsured Californians are still uninsured, which is 10% less than what a survey conducted last year in spring found.
The full sample of the survey has a margin of error of 4%. If you consider just the statistics related to the recently insured, the margin of error would be 5%. For the section of population that’s still uninsured, the margin for error is 8%. The margin of error can be of both plus and minus.
The factor that primarily stops people from getting insured is expenditure; 44% of the surveyed people said that affordability is the main factor that forced them to remain uninsured. The majority of the remaining uninsured people, as much as 41% are the ones who have adopted illegal means to enter the country.
The survey also found that as much as 40% of the people, who are yet to get insured, have never signed up for any insurance before.