In 2010, California led the nation in a category no state wants to brag about: the number of people younger than 65 without medical insurance.
Six million California adults under the age of 65 and 1 million children went without coverage in 2010, the latest year measured by the California HealthCare Foundation in its annual study. That meant this state has a bigger uninsured population than any other.
Proportionally speaking, California ranks eighth because 21 percent of its people are uninsured. Texas came in first in this category; more than a quarter of its population isn’t covered.
The study by the non-profit foundation also indicates that one in five Californians with family incomes between $50,000 to $75,000 a year have no medical insurance.
Latinos, 41 percent of California’s population, account for the largest numbers of uninsured in the state. Almost 60 percent lack coverage.
By contrast, just over a quarter of white Californians are uninsured. They make up 38 percent of the state’s population.