Tuesday, September 13, 2011
New census data show an increase in the number of Californians without health insurance. The numbers show tens of thousands of Californians lost coverage between 2009 and 2010. Nearly one in five people in the state are uninsured.
The percentage of uninsured in California makes the state among the top ten most uninsured in the nation.
Anthony Wright is with the group Health Access. “Over the last several decades, we’ve seen a gradual decline in people getting coverage through work”, said Wright. “The last recession exacerbated that trend, and especially here in California.
California was tied with the state of Georgia on the rate of uninsured in 2010. Texas ranked worst in the nation with almost 25% of the population without health insurance.