Health Insurance Rates

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 – 6:07 am

Half of California voters say they are paying more for health care than they were a year ago, and the same percentage of voters say their health care costs are hard to afford, according to a new Field Poll.

Fifty percent of California voters say the amount they pay for their family’s health care has increased in the past year, while 41 percent of voters say they are paying about the same, according to the poll. Just 5 percent of registered voters say their health care costs declined.

The poll, sponsored by the nonprofit California Wellness Foundation, comes as the state prepares for major changes under the federal health care overhaul next year, including a requirement that nearly all Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty.

Fifty percent of registered voters say paying for health care is somewhat or very difficult, while 47 percent say it is not too difficult or not difficult at all, according to the poll.

The poor and uninsured are more likely than other voters to report difficulty affording health care. Among the uninsured, 72 percent say health care costs are difficult to afford. Seventy-one percent of California’s poorest voters say paying for their health care costs is hard.

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