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Health Care Access And Affordability Improve In California, New Report Finds

President Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in Boston, Nov. 11, 2013.

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Above: President Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in Boston, Nov. 11, 2013.

Unlike some other states, California has embraced Obamacare. And a new report shows California has reaped enormous benefits.

As the threat of repeal hangs over Obamacare, a new report reveals the improvements in access and affordability California has experienced under the law.

The Commonwealth Fund report looks at some of the changes in access and affordability since Obamacare took effect.

Between 2013 and 2015, all major ethnic groups in California experienced big reductions in the adult uninsured rate.

The percentage of adults who went without care because of cost also fell sharply.

Photo credit: The Commonwealth Fund

The data in this chart show the percentages of adults aged 19-64 who do not have health insurance.

Sara Collins, The Commonwealth Fund's vice president of healthcare coverage and access, said that's critical.

"We’re seeing population-wide improvements in people’s ability to get healthcare, and that’s a really significant change that’s come about as a result of the expansions in the Affordable Care Act," she explained.

In contrast, the report finds the percentage of adults who haven’t visited a dentist within the past year has increased.

Dental care is not an essential benefit under the Affordable Care Act.


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