Where do America’s Most Uninsured States Stand on the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion?

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California Governor Jerry Brown during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Governor Jerry Brown during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California: Opting in
20.7% uninsured

Los Angeles and Riverside/San Bernardino are both among the top ten most uninsured metro areas in the country. Though the federal expansion program does not officially begin until 2014, the Obama administration offers states the option of early enrollment. California is among those that signed on. Around the time of the Supreme Court decision, California already had around 400,000 new enrollees. The state plans to have 500,000 by 2014. On the day of the ruling, Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, released a statement: “Today’s dramatic Supreme Court ruling removes the last roadblock to fulfilling President Obama’s historic plan to bring health care to millions of uninsured citizens.”

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