Newly insured residents of California report being quite happywith their health coverage, although some are still encounteringobstacles to effectively using their insurance.

A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation said that 76 percent ofCalifornia’s recently insured residents “report positiveexperiences with their current plan and say they are satisfied withtheir plan’s choice of primary care doctors (79 percent), hospitals(75 percent), and specialists (67 percent).”

That's a bit of a contrast with the results of arecent national study that found high levels ofdissatisfaction among the newly insured. Maybe it's all thatsunshine that makes the California coverage seem better.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.