WASHINGTON (MNS) — A study presented this week by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showed 36 percent of California Latinos living without health insurance in 1999, compared with 11 percent of Latinos nationwide.
Figures for each congressional district were released by the group, and California's 52nd District, which includes the Imperial Valley, showed the number of uninsured Latinos to be 31 percent, three times higher than the national average.
The study, funded by The California Wellness Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes disease prevention and better access to health care, revealed that 22 percent of the state's total nonelderly population does not have health insurance.
Despite an increase in job-based coverage from 1994 to 1999 for people of all ethnic groups, the number of people of color insured by state-subsidized Medi-Cal declined, resulting in high numbers of uninsured throughout California. However, the total number of Californians without health insurance went from 6.5 million in 1997 to 7.3 million in 1998 and down to 6.8 million in 1999.