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California’s Uninsured: Treading Water

The percentage of Californians who have employer-based coverage continues to fall, dropping from 65% in 1987 to 52% in 2011. While public insurance has partially filled this gap, almost 22% of Californians remain uninsured. This statistic should change dramatically in the coming years as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is implemented. Employees in businesses of all sizes are more likely to be uninsured in California than in the US as a whole. In businesses with fewer than ten employees, slightly more than 40% of workers are likely to have no insurance. Nearly one-third of the uninsured in California and the nation have annual family incomes of $50,000 or more according to a recent report at California Healthcare Foundation’s website.