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Title

The Seven Percent Solution: Costing and Financing Universal Health Coverage in California

Publication Topics

California Health Interview Survey; Access to Health Care; Barriers to/Disparities in Health Care; Health Insurance Expansion; Health Care Reform; Immigrant

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External Publication

Publication Date

2019-02-24T08:00:00Z

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Abstract

​As of 2017, California’s uninsured rate stands at just over 7 percent. Moving towards universal health coverage in California for the 3.72 million projected to be uninsured in 2020 (CalSIM data from the study California’s Health Coverage Gains to Erode without Further State Action by UC Berkeley Labor Center and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research) of which about 1.5 million are undocumented, is a significant challenge but has considerable benefits. A healthier workforce will be more productive and absenteeism will decline. Moreover, taxes collected from these healthier workers will increase. All Californians will have their risk of disease lowered. Universal coverage will allow all Californians to have improved access to care so they can prevent and treat illnesses that can be passed on to others. Children will have a better start to life and there will be less absenteeism in schools. In addition, the expensive treatment in emergency rooms would surely decline. Beyond these benefits for all Californians, it is the right thing to do. Most Californians support universal coverage, but have reservations about the cost of doing so.

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External report: The Seven Percent Solution: Costing and Financing Universal Health Coverage in California

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California’s Health Coverage Gains to Erode without Further State Action

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California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM)

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