Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

The Number of Uninsured Growing in California

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Jan• 11•12

Although Health Reform has passed, many of its mandates–such as Health Insurance Exchanges–have not yet been implemented.  As the cost of health care has been growing over time, the number of uninsured has also been growing.

The California Health Care Foundation examines the uninsured in California in more detail.  Although Texas has the highest share of individuals uninsured (27.3%), California has the largest number of uninsured individuals in the country (6.9 million) and one of the largest share of (21%).  One of the reasons for this decline is a decrease in the share of firms offering insurance.  The share of non-elderly Californians who obtain their insurance through their job has  declined from 65% in 1987 to 53% in 2010. Part of this decrease has been offset by a rise in the share of Californians covered by Medicaid.

Some other highlights from the CHCF report include:

  • Employees in businesses of all sizes are more likely to be uninsured in California than in the United States.
  • Nearly one-third of the uninsured in California and the nation have family incomes of $50,000 or more.
  • Fifty-three percent of California’s uninsured children are in families where the head of household worked full-time during calendar year 2010, down from 61% in 2008.
  • About 60% of the uninsured population are Latino.

Below are two charts displaying the insurance source for Californians in 2010 and 2000.

For more facts and figures, see the CHCF Snapshot, California’s Uninsured, Dec 2011.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

3 Comments

  1. Leon from Redding Ca says:

    California employers need to switch to a P-HRA
    (Portable Healthcare Reimbursement Arrangement)

    Employer makes defined contribution into employee-owned accounts, eliminates employer hassles
    Other family members or part-time employers may contribute into shared family account, more money to purchase healthcare policy
    Account (policy) belongs to employee, stays with them between jobs, no COBRA
    Employee selects coverage to meet their need, no one-size fits all
    Employees keep left over funds to pay other medical expenses with a VISA healthcare card
    visit lyfebank.com to see how this works.

  2. […] People are losing health insurance in CA.  21% of the population, or 1 in 5. […]

  3. Our main goal is to provide each online roulette player
    with the most advanced complete solution for online roulette.
    The most sought after type of game are those free car racing games.
    You can get to chat with other players at the chat rooms
    and forums.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>