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More than 20% of Californians Uninsured

The California Health Care Foundation just released their annual report on California’s Uninsured. The report provides a snapshot of the state’s uninsured population and pinpoints recent trends in coverage.

Report Summary

Slightly more than half of Californians receive health insurance through their employers, but coverage from that source has declined substantially. Between 1987 and 2009, the segment of Californians under age 65 covered by an employer shrank from 65% to 52%. While increases in Medicaid coverage partially offset this decline, more than 20% of Californians remain uninsured.

A State with Some of the Greatest Challenges

California has both a lower percentage of people with employer-sponsored coverage and higher proportion of uninsured than the national average.

California also has the largest number of people without insurance — 6.8 million — of any U.S. state. Given our challenging economic conditions and high unemployment rate, it’s likely that the ranks of the uninsured will continue climbing upward.

Other Key Findings from the Report

  • One-third of uninsured Californians have family incomes of more than $50,000 per year.
  • Employees in businesses of all sizes, including the self employed, are more likely to be uninsured in California than nationally.
  • More than half of uninsured children in California are in families where the head of household has a year-round, full-time job.
  • As many as 60% of uninsured children are eligible for the state’s two largest public insurance programs, Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.
  • About 60% of the uninsured population is Latino.

You can read the full report here.