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Millions of People Without Health Insurance

California has 6.8 million people without health insurance, more than any other state.

California has seen an increase in the percentage of people who are uninsured, as the proportion with employer-sponsored coverage has contracted. Between 1987 and 2009, the segment of the non-elderly population covered by insurance provided through an employer continued its decline from 65% to 52%. Although increases in Medicaid coverage partially offset the decline, more than 20% of Californians remain uninsured. California has both a lower percentage of individuals with employer-sponsored coverage and a higher proportion of uninsured than the rest of the nation. California also has the largest total number of people without insurance — 6.8 million — of any U.S. state. With the current economic conditions in California still in the doldrums, and the unemployment rate still persistently high, the ranks of the uninsured likely will continue to grow as more individuals lose their employer-based coverage.

This annual publication, part of CHCF’s California Health Care Almanac, provides a snapshot of California’s uninsured and illustrates how the picture is changing. This year’s findings include:

  • Employees in businesses of all sizes, including the self-employed and those working in the public sector, are more likely to be uninsured in California than the nation.
  • One-third of the uninsured have family incomes of more than $50,000 per year.
  • More than half of uninsured children 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 are Latino.

The complete snapshot, a quick reference guide, and the file of the Current Population Survey (CPS) data, along with past years’ editions, are available as Document Downloads.

Related CHCF Pages below offers a link to California’s Uninsured and Medi-Cal Populations: A Policy Guide to the Estimates, which provides specific advice to those who frequently need to cite estimates of the number of uninsured Californians using the CPS and California Health Interview Survey data sets.

California has 6.8 million people without health insurance, more than any other state.

California has seen an increase in the percentage of people who are uninsured, as the proportion with employer-sponsored coverage has contracted. Between 1987 and 2009, the segment of the non-elderly population covered by insurance provided through an employer continued its decline from 65% to 52%. Although increases in Medicaid coverage partially offset the decline, more than 20% of Californians remain uninsured. California has both a lower percentage of individuals with employer-sponsored coverage and a higher proportion of uninsured than the rest of the nation. California also has the largest total number of people without insurance — 6.8 million — of any U.S. state. With the current economic conditions in California still in the doldrums, and the unemployment rate still persistently high, the ranks of the uninsured likely will continue to grow as more individuals lose their employer-based coverage.

This annual publication, part of CHCF’s California Health Care Almanac, provides a snapshot of California’s uninsured and illustrates how the picture is changing. This year’s findings include:

  • Employees in businesses of all sizes, including the self-employed and those working in the public sector, are more likely to be uninsured in California than the nation.
  • One-third of the uninsured have family incomes of more than $50,000 per year.
  • More than half of uninsured children 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 are Latino.

The complete snapshot, a quick reference guide, and the file of the Current Population Survey (CPS) data, along with past years’ editions, are available as Document Downloads.

Related CHCF Pages below offers a link to California’s Uninsured and Medi-Cal Populations: A Policy Guide to the Estimates, which provides specific advice to those who frequently need to cite estimates of the number of uninsured Californians using the CPS and California Health Interview Survey data sets.

Brian Schroeder
Brian Schroeder
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