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Friday April 18th 2014



Medi-Cal Enrollment Up as Private Coverage Declines

MedicalLogoMore California residents have enrolled in Medi-Cal and other public health insurance programs in recent years, while the number of individuals with private insurance has decreased, according to a report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. According to researchers, the recession that began in late 2007 had the greatest effect on the shift from private to public health coverage.  The report found that in 2012 nearly 20% of insured state residents were enrolled in Medi-Cal or the Healthy Families program, compared with 15.3% in 2007; and less than 50% had commercial health coverage, compared with 55.6% in 2007. Healthy Families is California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. The report states, “Jobs that are returning to the state after the Great Recession seem to lack affordable health insurance benefits, depriving workers of a major source of coverage,” according to a recent report at California Healthline.