A new study conducted by researchers at UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that nearly 90 percent of Californians under 65 years of age will be covered by health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The researchers revealed that more than a million Californians with the lowest incomes will be eligible for health insurance by 2014 thanks to ACA and 1.8 million to 2.7 million people who are not insured will gain coverage under ACA by 2019.
With the US Supreme Court scheduled to issue its ruling on whether to continue with ACA, the researchers used sophisticated computer simulation model to gauge the impact of ACA and found that it would provide affordable health insurance for millions of Californians.
"If the Affordable Care Act is upheld by the Supreme Court and fully implemented, it will significantly expand access to affordable health coverage. Based on our simulation, millions of Californians stand to gain, either through insurance they wouldn't otherwise have or from more affordable premiums and increased benefit standards", UC Berkeley's Ken Jacobs said.