New CDC Report Shows Continued Drop in Uninsured Rate in California

New 2017 CDC data released today shows continued progress to reduce the uninsured rate in the state, now down to 6.8%.
For immediate release: Monday, November 20, 2017


  • Uninsured Rate Now Down to Historic 6.8% According to the CDC; California Achieved Largest Drop in Uninsured Rate of All 50 States From 2013-2016 According to Census
  • Progress Threatened with Federal Efforts, Including the Current Tax Bill Pending in Congress, Which Would Force Cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, Repeal ACA Mandates, Raise Premiums by Double-Digits, and Leave Millions Uninsured
  • If We Continue Federal Funding and Framework of ACA and Medicaid, California Can and Should Take Additional Steps to #Health4All to Get to Universal Coverage in California

SACRAMENTO, CA—New 2017 CDC data released today shows continued progress to reduce the uninsured rate in the state, now down to 6.8%. Earlier Census data released in September showed that California had the largest drop in the uninsured rate of all 50 states from 2013 to 2016, going from 6.5 million uninsured to 2.8 million, and down to a 7.3% uninsured rate. These new CDC numbers suggests even more progress.

Prior to implementing and improving upon the Affordable Care Act, California historically had one of the highest uninsurance rates in the nation–as high as seventh in the nation, reaching 18% uninsured.

“California should be proud of the progress we have made in providing more people the health and economic security of health care coverage. With these new numbers showing more Californians now with coverage and care, we should resolve to move forward, not backwards as so many Congressional health and tax proposals seek to do. California once had one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation, but now through implementing and improving upon the ACA, the state has seen the biggest drop in the number and percent of uninsured in the county,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition. “This progress continues to be threatened by Congressional proposals, including the pending tax bill that eleven of our state’s Congressional members voted for, that seeks to force cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and repeal key ACA provisions, leading to double-digit premium increases and millions more uninsured.”

“These numbers show that progress is possible, when there’s public support, political will, and practical policies. With an over 93% insured rate, and if the framework and financing of the ACA stays intact, California can and should take additional steps to universal coverage, because our health system is stronger when everyone is included,” continued Wright. “California took another important step beyond the ACA last year, covering all income-eligible children regardless of immigration status in Medi-Cal. Our legislators and gubernatorial candidates should discuss the steps they would take to get to universal coverage, and commit to providing additional access and assistance to ensure all Californians can get quality, affordable coverage.”