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Millions In California Remain Uninsured Despite Obamacare

Above: "Obamacare Enrollment Teams" give presentations on health insurance options and the Affordable Care Act, but are not actually affiliated with the government.

Officials say more than 1 million people have picked a health plan on the federal website, and some 400,000 Californians have enrolled through the state’s Covered California exchange.

Aired 12/31/13 on KPBS News.

Enrollment in Obamacare is catching on with more than 1 million people signing up. But many Californians are still without health insurance.

Even though many California residents are eligible for subsidized health insurance, the California HealthCare Foundation predicts over the next two years, millions of Californians will remain uninsured.

In a new report, the foundation estimates nearly 1.5 million people who are eligible for coverage just won’t enroll.

An additional 959,000 undocumented immigrants won’t be allowed to enroll.

The report also predicts more than 700,000 people won’t sign up for the expanded Medi-Cal program due to lack of awareness.

Some efforts to address these issues are already underway. For example, Covered California is reviewing its marketing strategy, to see if it can do a better job of raising awareness. And state health officials are spreading the word that for the first time, single adults without children can apply for Medi-Cal.

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Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | December 31, 2013 at 10:26 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Only Govco could mess things up this bad.

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JeanMarc | December 31, 2013 at 11:25 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Haha, this is great. Wonderful! I will be happy to see this idiotic dream collapse.

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thompsonrichard | December 31, 2013 at 12:23 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

My niece Lesley was working two jobs when she left from Oakland with her brother to meet her parents (my brother and sister-in-law) who'd rented a cottage for the Christmas holidays in Tahoe. Unfortunately, she fell ill with H1N1 and my nephew took her to the emergency room instead. The severity of her symptoms were such that she was taken from that mountain hospital by helicopter to Reno. Two persons had died there from H1N1 so the decision was made to fly her by air ambulance to Portland -- where her blood could be kept oxygenated without the use of her impaired lung. I just spoke with by brother who is waiting outside her ICU. It's your choice (if you haven't already done so) and are eligible -- but unless you are very, very rich I entreat you to do it.

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muckapoo1 | December 31, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I wish the best for your niece, Lesley. May she have a speedy recovery.

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