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1 in 5 Californians without health insurance

5:20 AM, Jul 30, 2010   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Census figures released this week show a fifth of Californians -- some 6.5 million -- went without health insurance in 2007.

The statistics show the highest rates of residents without health insurance were in rural Mono, Colusa and Monterey counties.

San Francisco Bay Area counties have some of the lowest rates of uninsured people in the state.

The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, which looked at every county in the nation, found that 20.2 percent of Californians were uninsured in 2007.

California ranks eighth in the list of states with the highest uninsured. Texas has the highest rate at 26.8 percent, followed by New Mexico at 26.7 percent and Florida at 24.2 percent.

The 2007 figures don't capture the impact of the recession and unemployment.

The Associated Press

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