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Nearly 6.4 Million Californians Lacked Health Insurance in 2007 -- Recession Likely to Reverse Small Gains in Coverage

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This policy brief draws upon CHIS 2007 data to examine latest trends in health insurance for the state of California. The authors found that nearly a quarter of all Californians under age 65 -- or 6.4 million people -- were without health insurance for all or some of 2007. This number represents 19.5% of all Californians under age 65, which is slightly lower than the uninsured rate of 20.2% in 2005. However, the authors note that although the data was collected during a period of relative economic strength, the gains were small and are now likely to be reversed by the 2008-2009 recession.