Many Californians, especially the uninsured, are unaware of the penalty. Many Californians reported being unaware of the new requirement to have health coverage in 2020 or face a penalty, including a majority of the uninsured (56 percent).
Knowledge of the penalty increases the likelihood the uninsured will enroll. Among the uninsured, once informed about the penalty, 64 percent said they were more likely to enroll in health insurance for 2020. This compares to only 46 percent of uninsured respondents who said they planned to have health coverage in 2020 when asked at the beginning of the survey.
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