Media Briefing to Release New Survey Tracking California’s Previously Uninsured Residents Under the Affordable Care Act

The Kaiser Family Foundation held a media-only web briefing on Thursday, July 30 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) to release a new survey tracking the experiences of California’s previously uninsured residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The new survey provides a detailed assessment of how well the ACA is working for previously uninsured residents in a state that embraced the ACA’s coverage expansion opportunities by establishing the Covered California insurance marketplace and expanding its Medi-Cal program.

The survey estimates the share of Californians who gained coverage, and those who remain uninsured, including Hispanics and the long-term uninsured.  The results also capture how coverage has affected the financial wellbeing, and access to care, of the newly insured, as well as the affordability and access problems that remain for some of the newly covered.

The briefing included Mollyann Brodie, senior vice president and executive director for public opinion and survey research; Bianca DiJulio, associate director for public opinion and survey research; and Larry Levitt, senior vice president.

The new survey is the third based on the Kaiser Family Foundation California Longitudinal Panel Survey Project, designed and analyzed by Foundation researchers.  The surveys involve interviews with the same randomly selected group of 2,001 Californians who were uninsured prior to the start of the ACA’s first open enrollment period in Fall 2013.

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