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California’s New Assembly and Senate Districts: Geographic Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage

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Publication Date: May 2003

Publisher(s): UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Author(s): Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck; Steven P. Wallace; Hongjian Yu; Ying-Ying Meng

Funder(s): California Endowment

Funder(s): California Endowment

Topic: Health (Health services for the uninsured)

Keywords: California; Assembly; Senate

Type: Brief

Coverage: California

Abstract:

This policy brief highlights the differences in uninurance rates among the new California Assembly and Senate districts resulting from redistricting based on the 2000 Census. Funded by The California Endowment, this report is particularly relevant at this time when the lack of health insurance has moved higher on political agendas at the state and national levels. Uninsured rates at the district levels are estimates created by a small-area-methodology with data from 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001), the March 2000-2002 Current Population Surveys, and the 2000 Census.

This first-of-its-kind information contributes valuable and timely data needed by California’s community and health advocacy groups as well as legislators to support their respective policy development roles and to inform and focus their efforts on high-priority health and medical care issues, locally and statewide.

In addition to the data presented in this policy brief, several supplemental California Assembly and Senate exhibits (tables and maps) are available on this Web site: maps by district of uninsured rates for children (ages 0-17) and for adults (ages 18-64); demographic tables of district population distributions by race/ethnicity and income-to-poverty ratios; and confidence intervals (or precision estimates) for the published uninsured rates.