New numbers released on California insurance
A report on California’s uninsured found that the number of those without health insurance decreased from 7.3 million in 1998 to 6.8 million in 1999. Here are some other key findings in the study:
– More than 22 percent of Californians are uninsured, the fourth highest rate in the nation.
– More than 80 percent – 5.8 million – of the uninsured are workers and their families.
– The percentage of Californians who received health coverage through their jobs rose between 1998 and 1999 from 58.3 percent to 60.6 percent, reflecting the state’s recovery from the recession of the early 1990s. CHILDREN:
– About 1.85 million children in California do not have any health care coverage. Two-thirds of those are eligible for either Medi-Cal or Healthy Families government insurance programs.
– The percentage of children in single-parent families without health insurance rose from 22 percent in 1994 to 25 percent in 1999. The study’s author says that was due to a drop in Medi-Cal coverage during that time that was only partially offset by gains in job-based coverage.
– The percentage of children in two-parent families without insurance dropped from 18 percent to 16 percent in the same five-year period.
– Latino children continue to be most likely to be uninsured with 28 percent not having any health coverage. That number has remained unchanged since 1994. ADULTS:
– Young adults, ages 19-24, are most likely to be uninsured with 38 percent having no coverage.
– Among adults who work full-time, one in five doesn’t have health insurance coverage.
– Married couples without children are the most likely to carry insurance, with only 16 percent going without coverage.
– An estimated 685,000 uninsured adults – about 14 percent of all uninsured adults – are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. RACE:
– 36 percent of Latinos in California were uninsured in 1999, a figure unchanged since 1994.
– 13 percent of whites were uninsured in 1999, an increase of 3 percentage points since 1994.
– Asian and Pacific Islanders have a lower rate of job-based insurance than whites, with 63 percent carrying health insurance offered by employers. That reflects a steady improvement from 1994’s rate of 52 percent.
”The State of Health Insurance in California” study by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
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