Millions left behind?

Many Californians will remain uninsured despite Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act will significantly reduce the number of Californians without health-care insurance; about 3.1 million people will be left behind, a new report estimates.

The California HealthCare Foundation projected that 2.6 million California residents will be newly insured by 2015; of those, 1.6 million will obtain private insurance and 939,000 will get coverage through the state’s expanded Medi-Cal program, according to California Healthline.

Of the 3.1 million who will remain uninsured, 1.4 million will be eligible for coverage through Covered California, the state’s health-insurance exchange, but are projected to not enroll; 959,000 will be undocumented immigrants ineligible for coverage; and more than 700,000 Medi-Cal-eligible Californians won’t enroll due to lack of awareness or perceived problems with enrolling for coverage.