In 2010, California had the ninth highest rate of residents without health insurance of all U.S. states, according to a new report by the Census Bureau, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports (Walters, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 8/29).
The report -- which focused on U.S. residents under 65 years old --- used data from a variety of sources, including:
- 2000 Census statistics;
- Administrative records, such as aggregated federal tax returns and Medicaid participation records;
- The American Community Survey; and
- Census Bureau population estimates (Census Bureau release, 8/29).
The report found that 6.7 million of California's 32.5 million residents under age 65, or 20.7%, did not have health insurance in 2010.
According to the report, Los Angeles County had the state's highest rate of residents without insurance at 25.9%.
Marin County -- which has the state's highest personal incomes -- had the state's lowest rate of uninsured residents at 11.8%, the report found.
According to the report, Texas had the nation's highest rate of residents without insurance in 2010 at 26.3%, while Massachusetts had the lowest rate at 5.2% ("Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 8/29).