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The State of Health Insurance in California: Recent Trends, Future Prospects

  • Author(s): Brown, E. Richard
  • Ponce, Ninez A.
  • Rice, Thomas
  • et al.

In 1999, 6.8 million nonelderly Californians were uninsured, down from 7.3 million the previous year. This drop in the number of uninsured was the result of a 2.3-percentage point gain in employment-based health insurance coverage and a slower decline in Medi-Cal coverage compared to the previous several years. California’s recent upturn in coverage follows years of persistent and rising rates of uninsurance, despite the booming economy during this period.

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