Survey: Record Number of Californians Have Health Insurance, But COVID Reduced Access to Care

Health care providers gather at the nurses’ station in the intensive care unit at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

Californians reached record health insurance coverage in 2020, with 94% of residents covered, but fewer people received routine check-ups, primarily due to concerns over COVID-19, researchers found.

The 2020 California Health Interview Survey includes data from 22,661 California households, including 21,949 adults, 1,365 adolescents and 3,548 children.

Of adults participating in the survey, 67.9% had a preventive care visit in 2020, down from 71.1% in 2019. The 2020 results mark the lowest number since 2013.

More than 21% cited COVID-19 as the main reason they delayed or went without medical care in 2020. But for adults 65 and up, 55.2% said COVID-19 was the main reason for delaying or forgoing medical care.

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released the results this week.