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2 new studies describe likely beneficiaries of health care reform in California
Date:5/10/2011

risk systemwide."

Using the latest data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), center researchers found that a significant percentage of those newly eligible for both the exchange program and the Medi-Cal expansion were single, male and/or between the ages of 18 and 44. Specifically:

The newly eligible are of working age:

Health Benefit Exchange: 56 percent of those currently without any insurance, 55 percent of those with intermittent insurance and 48 percent of the individually insured were between the ages of 18 and 44.

Medi-Cal expansion: 66 percent of those without any insurance and 70 percent of those with intermittent insurance were between the ages of 18 and 44.

Many newly eligible are male:

Health Benefit Exchange: Many of those uninsured all of the year (61 percent), uninsured part of the year (53 percent) and the individually insured (49 percent) were male.

Medi-Cal expansion: More than half of those uninsured all year (59 percent) and uninsured part of the year (52 percent) were male.

The newly eligible are largely healthy The study found that those eligible for coverage through both the exchange and the Medi-Cal expansion tended to be as healthy as those with employer-based coverage or those already covered by Medi-Cal. For example, among the newly eligible:

Health Benefit Exchange: Diabetes rates were only 6 percent for both those without any insurance throughout the year and the individually insured. Heart disease rates were 2 percent for those with no coverage or intermittent coverage and 1 percent for the individually insured. Asthma rates were also low, and these rates were comparable to those with employer-based coverage.

Medi-Cal expansion: The diabetes rate among those without insurance throughout the year was 5 percent and was 11 percent for those with intermittent coverage. The heart disease rate for both g
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Contact: Gwen Driscoll
gdriscoll@ucla.edu
310-794-0930
University of California - Los Angeles
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