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California’s Uninsured Rate Drops To Record Low

A mother and daughter wait to meet with an enrollment counselor to sign up fo...

Credit: Associated Press

Above: A mother and daughter wait to meet with an enrollment counselor to sign up for health insurance at a Covered California event in Sacramento, Feb. 12, 2015.

In 2013, Californian's uninsured rate stood at 17 percent.

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control found in the first six months of 2017, that rate dropped to 6.8 percent — a record low.

The survey revealed California has made great strides in reducing the number of people who are uninsured since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented in 2014.

Photo credit: CDC

The decline in California's uninsured rate is shown in this graph.

However, more than 2.5 million Californians still lack health insurance, including an estimated 315,186 in San Diego County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Anthony Wright, executive director of the nonprofit Health Access California, said health plans remain unaffordable for many people.

“There are people who are making $30,000 or $40,000 who are eligible for hundreds if not thousands of dollars in subsidies, but if they still have to pay $300 a month, that still might not be enough to make ends meet," he explained.

California provides health coverage to all low-income children regardless of immigration status. Wright suggested the state consider covering all low-income adults, too.

Open enrollment in Covered California continues through the end of January.

Three years into full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the rate of uninsured people in California has dropped to a record low.

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