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March 16, 2010

ABOUT ONE IN FOUR CALKIFORNIANS LACK HEALTH INSURANCE

LA TIMES - Nearly 1 in 4 Californians under age 65 had no health insurance last year, according to a new report, as soaring unemployment propelled vast numbers of once-covered workers into the ranks of the uninsured.

The state's uninsured population jumped to 8.2 million in 2009, up from 6.4 million in 2007, marking the highest number over the last decade, investigators from UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research said.

People who were uninsured for part or all of 2009 accounted for 24.3% of California's population under age 65 -- a dramatic increase from 2007 driven largely by Californians who lost employer-sponsored health insurance, particularly over the last year.

Among those over age 18, nearly 1 in 3 had no insurance for all or part of 2009, the UCLA researchers found. The ranks of uninsured children also grew. The study was based on phone interviews from 2007, updated with current insurance enrollment data.

Adults over age 65, who are covered by the federal Medicare insurance program, were not included.

As a result of the insurance gap, many already strapped Californians have put off needed medical care and usually wound up crowding emergency rooms, receiving costly care on the run. Hospitals and insurance companies often pass on those expenses to customers with insurance, increasing the cost of healthcare and driving up rates for those who have coverage.


1 Comments:

Anonymous Sherry Stanley said...

The constant reminder of people without insurance pushing the costs to us troubles me. The people I know without insurance pay their own bills, and I've noticed they are quite angry about the health insurance reform debate. That's because these constant reminders that treat the uninsured as second-class citizens shames rather than empowers.

March 17, 2010 8:41 AM  

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