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California's Uninsured Struggle With Costs And Access And Say They Want Insurance, But Most Have Heard Little About The Affordable Care Act, And Many Who Are Likely To Be Eligible For Medi-Cal Or Exchange Subsidies Don't Know It

Many Undocumented Immigrants in CA Think They Will Get Coverage Through the ACA But Won't

First Wave of Kaiser Family Foundation Panel Survey Following 2,000 Randomly Selected Uninsured People in California: The Pre-Enrollment Picture

MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's uninsured are skipping medical care, struggling with costs and want coverage, but many report knowing little about the Affordable Care Act's new coverage options. The majority who are likely to be eligible for subsidies in the state's new insurance marketplace don't realize it, and almost half who are likely to be eligible for Medi-Cal are similarly unaware, according to the first wave of a comprehensive panel survey which will follow the same 2,000 randomly selected uninsured Californians as they and their families experience Obamacare over the next two years.

Many undocumented immigrants among the uninsured have the reverse problem. Almost half believe they will be eligible for either Medi-Cal coverage or exchange subsidies under the law although they won't be.

The first wave of the Kaiser Family Foundation's panel survey project was in the field July 11 to August 29 to gauge the circumstances of uninsured people in California before open enrollment for the ACA begins Oct. 1, as well as their familiarity with the law and the ways it will affect them.

Each wave of the survey will produce data at a different point in the implementation process. Drawing on the individuals in the survey panel, the Foundation will also produce representative profiles of the uninsured and their families and how they are affected by the changes brought about by the law. The uninsured people in the panel who have volunteered to do so can be made available to news organizations interested in profiling them as they cover the implementation of Obamacare.  The Foundation's news service, Kaiser Health News, will also be undertaking a special reporting project based on the panel survey.

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