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Health Status of the Uninsured: Opportunities for Improvement

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Publication Date: December 2004

Publisher(s): UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Author(s): Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck; Hongjian Yu; Ying Ying Meng; Mona Jhawar

Funder(s): California Endowment

Funder(s): California Endowment

Topic: Health (Quality of health care)
Health (Health care planning)

Keywords: uninsured; health insurance; California

Type: Brief

Coverage: California

Abstract:

This policy brief highlights the geographic variations in self-reported poor/fair health status, asthma and hypertension rates among uninsured Californians for counties, county-groups, Los Angeles Service Planning Areas, as well as for state legislative and Congressional districts. The first-of-its-kind sub-county data in this publication are useful for policy makers, advocates and medical providers in understanding the burden of selected access-sensitive chronic conditions in local communities across California.

The rates reported in this policy brief are estimates created by a small-area methodology, based on rates from CHIS 2001 that are applied to population data from the 2000 Census and 2002 California Department of Finance.