How many more reports showing more people becoming uninsured do we need before our elected leaders reform the health system?
The new U.S. Census study shows that 18.5% of Californians were uninsured in 2006, or over 6.6 million people. Nationally, the number of uninsured Americans has now officially released 47 million.
Californians are increasingly more likely to be uninsured than in previous years, and are more likely to be uninsured than resident of all but five states: Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
Yep, even Mississippi and Arkansas are looking down on us.
While over 75% of Californians get coverage through employer-based coverage or public programs, even those that are insured have reason to be concerned that their coverage won’t be there for them when they need it–unless we take steps now to shore up those forms of group coverage.