Published Date: October 15, 2020

Summary: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reduced uninsured rates for all racial and ethnic groups in California, while also narrowing, but not eliminating, the coverage gaps for Latino and Black Californians in this state.

Findings: If the ACA is ultimately overturned due to the California v. Texas case, scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court starting on November 10, 2020, the progress on racial and ethnic health coverage disparities would be reversed. The ACA covered millions of people and reduced the racial and ethnic disparities in health coverage in California; to take away these coverage options especially during a global pandemic and recession would exacerbate racial and ethnic inequality in California.

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