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Coverage During a Crisis: Insured Rate for Californians Hits Historic High in First Year of COVID-19 Pandemic (California Health Care Foundation)

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Summary: Despite widespread concern that economic fallout from the pandemic could slow California’s progress toward covering the uninsured, more Californians had health insurance coverage than ever before in 2020, according to results from the 2020 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). A combination of prepandemic state and federal policies that expanded health insurance coverage, along with quick action by policymakers in 2020 to bolster those policies with additional crisis stopgaps, helped protect coverage for many Californians during the pandemic.

Findings: Key findings for this study include:

  • The uninsured rate among the nonelderly California population declined significantly, from 8.4% in 2019 to 7.0% in 2020.
  • Rates of uninsured dropped across several population subgroups from 2019 to 2020.
  • Employer and individual coverage held steady statewide and increased for some groups.
  • Medi-Cal coverage held steady statewide but declined significantly among Black Californians.
  • Despite measurable progress, critical disparities in coverage persist.

The state’s robust implementation of the Affordable Care Act and additional state policies over the years, in combination with recent state and federal policies designed to protect against coverage losses during the pandemic, has enabled the rate of coverage among Californians to rise to historic levels, even during a massive public health and economic crisis. However, there is potential for coverage expansion to slow or even reverse as policies that provided robust protection during the pandemic unwind or scale back.


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Issue Brief: Coverage During a Crisis: Insured Rate for Californians Hits Historic High in First Year of COVID-19 Pandemic

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