The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has released two new publications, co-authored by Labor Center researchers, exploring COVID-related health coverage trends in the state through early summer and the important role of Medi-Cal coverage for workers.
Hanging On to Coverage? Millions of Californians Have Lost Jobs During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Did They Also Lose Insurance?
By Katherine Wilson, Wilson Analytics | Laurel Lucia, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Millions of Californians lost jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. But early information from California’s insurance regulators suggests that — at least through June — the number of Californians with job-based health insurance has not changed as dramatically as feared. This may partially help explain why the state’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, has not yet experienced a big surge in enrollment.
Working Californians Enrolled in Medi-Cal Share Their Stories
By Rebecca Catterson and Lucy Rabinowitz, NORC at the University of Chicago | Laurel Lucia and Kevin Lee, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Medi-Cal covers close to three million working Californians. Many became eligible because the ACA expanded the program to more adults with low incomes. This report combines key findings from survey data with insights from in-depth interviews with enrollees to paint a picture of working Californians who rely on Medi-Cal, why they came to enroll in the program, and the role it plays in their lives.