ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

California's Uninsured Rate Drops to All-Time Low

Shana Alex Charles, professor of health sciences at Cal State Fullerton, provided a brief on the findings of California's uninsured population. The survey found that the number of uninsured in California has plunged to a historic low of 9.5 percent and, in Orange County, to 9.6 percent the lowest rate since county data were first collected in 2001.

Charles noted that California's gains are in jeopardy if President-elect Donald Trump follows through with his campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. She said particularly essential are the federal subsidies that help Californians buy private policies through Covered California and the federal funding for the Medicaid expansion.

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