Kaiser study shows 3.4 million uninsured Californians gained coverage but challenges remain

Jul 30, 2014 11:28 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A survey shows 3.4 million uninsured California adults have gained coverage since the first enrollment season under President Barack Obama's health overhaul.

But the remaining uninsured will be harder to reach.

The Kaiser Family Foundation followed up on its long-term study of California's uninsured Tuesday. It found that while the state did a good job of helping adults get coverage, those who remain uninsured tend to be unfamiliar with insurance products and costs.

An estimated 2.5 million California adults remain uninsured.

The study found that 62 percent of those who remain uninsured are Hispanic, and nearly half of them are ineligible for tax subsidies or low-income health programs because of their immigration status.

Kaiser's survey was based on telephone interviews with 1,218 people between April 1 and June 15.

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