Health coverage not for all

Millions of Californians will lack health insurance after ACA implementation

Wide health-care disparities will remain for millions of Californians who will not receive health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a report finds.

The report, compiled by the Health Access Foundation, projected that 3 million to 4 million Californians—including undocumented immigrants, people who missed enrollment deadlines and those exempt from the mandate to purchase insurance—will lack health-care coverage once the ACA is fully implemented, according to The Sacramento Bee. All of the state’s counties are required to provide care for uninsured residents, but only a few set aside funding for services for undocumented immigrants.

“A family with the same circumstances in different counties will have potentially different access to care … as a result of their income and immigration status,” said Anthony Wright, director of Health Access Foundation.