How Affordable Care Act changed California health coverage

CHCF Center for Health Reporting

In 2013, 6.6 million Californians lacked health insurance. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, enrolled 1.4 million people through April, some of whom were previously covered through private insurance. California leads the nation in embracing the 2010 Affordable Care Act. It enrolled more people than any other state this year, approximately 3.6 million, driving down the state’s uninsured rate from 17 percent to 11 percent.


Percentage of 6.6 million previously uninsured Californians who say they now have health insurance.

1.12 million

Number currently enrolled in a Covered California health plan; 2.5 million are newly enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state/federal insurance plan for low-income residents


Percentage of Covered California enrollees who received a subsidy


Number of Latinos enrolled in Covered California


Percentage of remaining California uninsured who are Latino. Immigration status may disqualify almost half of them from ACA coverage


Percentage of those enrolled in Medi-Cal or Covered CA who report they have already visited a health provider

Sources: Kaiser Family Foundation, Covered California

CHCF Center for Health Reporting