Californians' Health Insurance Coverage: Research for Public Policy Making and Planning

This UCLA study planned to use recently-released population-based survey data for California, supplemented by other relevant data, to describe the number and characteristics of the uninsured and to compare their health status and use of services to that of the insured in the state. The researchers prepared a report detailing health insurance coverage in California and exploring the relationship between coverage and demographic and employment factors. In addition, the team completed a study on the high proportion of Latinos who are uninsured, both nationally and in states like California with large Latino populations. The researchers were unable to complete their analysis of the health status and service utilization of the uninsured due to delays in receiving the necessary data tapes from the National Health Interview Survey.