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As recession continues to grip the state, the number of Californians without health insurance, especially coverage provided by employers, has continued to climb, according to a new study by the California Healthcare Foundation.

Over the last two decades, the foundation says, Californians under 65 with employer-provided health insurance have dropped from 65 percent to 52 percent and "while increases in Medicaid (Medi-Cal) coverage partially offset this decline, more than 20 percent of Californians remained uninsured."

The state has the nation's highest number of uninsured, 6.8 million and one of its highest rates. The foundation, in its annual California Health Care Almanac, says 60 percent of Californians without health coverage are Latinos, and more than half of uninsured children are in families headed by full-time workers.

The complete report is available here.



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