California sees increase in health plan enrollment, satisfaction with coverage

Sixty-eight percent of previously uninsured California residents now have coverage, up from 58 percent after the first open enrollment period in the spring of 2014, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. Thirty-four percent say they gained coverage through the state's Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, up from 25 percent after the first enrollment period. Fourteen percent say they are now insured through an employer, while 12 percent note they purchased a plan through the state's health insurance marketplace, Covered California. Further, a separate KFF survey finds that 86 percent of the recently insured resident believe their health needs are being met, compared to 51 percent in 2013. Analysis