California Uninsured

In A Changing Environment

Public Opinion Roundup

Jessica Bravo

Jessica Bravo

Student
Costa Mesa, Calif.
19 Years Old

A young outreach worker for Obamacare is delighted to be eligible for coverage but worries about family members with no such luck.
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2013
Uninsured
2014
Applied For Medi-Cal
Devin Payne

Devin Payne

Photographer
Palm Springs, Calif.
44 Years Old

After being uninsured, Palm Springs resident Devin Payne signed up for a Covered California plan under the health law. In May, the 43-year-old single parent underwent gender reassignment surgery and is looking forward to being reimbursed by her insurance company.
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2013
Uninsured
2014
Individual Policy
Allynne Noelle

Allynne Noelle

Ballerina
Santa Monica, Calif.
32 Years Old

Ballerinas risk injury and high health care costs every time they perform. Allynne Noelle, 32, principal ballerina with the Los Angeles Ballet, says the new health care law offers some relief.
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2013
Uninsured
2014
Employer Coverage
Sandra Lopez

Sandra Lopez

Restaurant Owner
Newport Beach, Calif.
41 Years Old

Sandra Lopez owns a popular Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach, Calif. She has to make decisions about health insurance coverage for her family and her business under the Affordable Care Act.
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2013
Uninsured
2014
Individual Policy
Teresa Martinez

Teresa Martinez

Hairdresser
East Los Angeles, Calif.
62 Years Old

This hairdresser and about 800,000 people in California are presumed to be eligible for Medicaid but lack final approval.
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2013
Uninsured
2014
Medi-Cal
Carlos Velazquez

Carlos Velazquez

Self-Employed
Compton, Calif.
31 Years Old

California offers insurance to low-income youths whose parents crossed the border illegally or overstayed visas.
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2013
Uninsured
Marcy Valenzuela

Marcy Valenzuela

Former Foster Child
El Monte, Calif.
25 Years Old

Many former foster kids are entitled to Medicaid coverage until they turn 26 but eligibility workers – and they themselves — may not know it.
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2013
Uninsured
2014
Medi-Cal
Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens

Massage Therapist
Lakeport, Calif.
54 Years Old

Brad Stevens learned the hard way that being uninsured was risky as accidents and illness took a toll. Soon, he’ll qualify for California’s expanded Medicaid program.
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2013
Uninsured
2014
Medi-Cal
Pardit Pri

Pardit Pri

Administrative Asst.
Orange County, Calif.
29 Years Old

Pardit Pri, 29, is among the 5 million uninsured people in California. Insurance would give her peace of mind, but she worries whether she can afford it.
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2013
Uninsured