One-Fifth Of Californians Lack Health Insurance, Report Says

Source: Tom Chorneau, San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, August 28, 2007

13:03 PDT Sacramento – A record number of Californians – an estimated 6.7 million adults and children that account for nearly one in five of the state’s residents – went without health care insurance last year, according to new figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nationwide, about 47 million Americans lack health coverage, including 8.7 million children – also record numbers, the report said.

The estimates are part of an annual analysis of poverty and health care in the United States, which also showed that median household income nationwide rose seven-tenths of one point in 2006 to $48,201 – still below the peak of $49,244 reached in 1999.

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