The number of Californians with job-based health insurance fell from 2001 to 2005, despite an improved economy, according to a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
Released Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is backing state-mandated individual health coverage, the study found that 6.5 million residents were uninsured for all or part of 2005. While the overall number of uninsured stayed steady because of government-funded coverage, the percentage of workers with job-based health insurance dipped from 56.4% in 2001 to 54.3% in 2005, meaning that an additional 678,000 Californians no longer had coverage through their employers.
Two-thirds of the states uninsured either work full time or are dependents of full-time workers, according to the study. -- by Rebecca Vesely