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In a recent informal myMotherLode poll the question “Do you have health insurance coverage?” was asked. The results of the three day poll; 91 percent of the 721 votes were Yes, and 9 percent No. In related news California released new Covered California health plans will increase by up to four percent next year.

A formal survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation California Longitudinal Panel tracks the experiences and views of a representative, randomly selected sample of Californians who were uninsured prior to the major coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The findings state “After two rounds of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, 68 percent of Californians who were uninsured prior to the first open enrollment period now report that they have health insurance.” The survey also says about a third (32 percent) remain uninsured.

The most recent, 2013 Current Population Survey from the Census Bureau shows that the percentage of people with health insurance for all or part of 2013 was 86.6 percent, and 13.4 percent did not have health insurance for the entire year; this amounted to 42.0 million people.

The Census Bureau collects health insurance data using three national surveys: the Current Population Survey’s Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC), the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The CPS ASEC collects health insurance data on an annual basis at the national and state level geographies. The ACS collects data on an annual basis for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district and all counties, places and metropolitan areas with populations of 65,000 or more. The SIPP collects longitudinal health insurance data at the national level of geography.

On June 29th President Obama was the “Newsmaker of the Day” and said “The Affordable Care Act still stands, it is working, and it is here to stay.”  The full story Obama: Affordable Care Act Is Here To Stay is here.