California’s covered

The Affordable Care Act has insured vast swaths of the state’s population

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has insured the majority of Californians who previously did not have health care coverage, according to a study recently released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Conducting the survey by phone, Kaiser concluded that more than two-thirds of people who did not have health coverage prior to the ACA now have some form of insurance, including more than 75 percent of Latinos. Kaiser also found that newly insured Californians are less likely to say it's difficult to afford health care (49 percent, compared with 86 percent in 2013).

Further, about 86 percent of respondents said their health needs are being met, and, compared with 2013, the newly insured are half as likely to report difficulty paying medical bills in the past year.