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Featured Blog Post · January 3, 2024

In First-in-Nation State Law, All Low-Income Residents Qualify for Medi-Cal

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For uninsured Californians, poverty rates are more than double rates for low-income families with Medi-Cal coverage.
As of May 2023, about half of Californians were covered by public health insurance.
Nearly 1/3 of Californians are living in or near poverty.
76% Most poor families in California are working.
Safety net programs kept more than 14% of children out of poverty in early 2023.
At 15.5%, LA County has the highest poverty rate in the state; Central Valley and Sierra region have the lowest at 10.7%.
Families at the top income levels in California earned 11 times more than families at the bottom.
About 1 in 10 California households lack the resources to meet their food needs.
55% Most California adults favor providing health care to undocumented immigrants.

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