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.