California’s uninsured increasing in numbers
September 13, 2012
California’s uninsured population is among the nation’s highest at 19.7 percent and continuing to increase, according to a new Census Bureau report.
Even though nationally the number of those without medical insurance fell from 16.3 percent to 15.7 percent in 2011, in California the number of uninsured rose from 19.4 percent to 19.7 percent. Nationally, uninsured rates range from 3.4 percent in Massachusetts to 23.8 percent in Texas.
Both California’s poverty rate and median household income were slightly higher in 2011 than the national average, according to the report.
Nationally, the median income declined for a second year in a row to $50,054. California was at $53,367, Maryland topped the list at $68,876 and South Carolina at $40,084 was at the bottom.
The number of people nationally who lived in poverty in 2011 at 15 percent remained statistically similar to 2010. California has one of the highest rates at 16.9 percent.