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Mar 16, 2010 11:50 AM

Report: Nearly 1 in 4 Californians uninsured

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A report says nearly a quarter of
Californians under age 65 had no health insurance in 2009.

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research study reported in Monday's Los Angeles Times said the state's uninsured population jumped to 8.2 million last year. That's up from 6.4 million in 2007, marking the highest number of uninsured over the last decade.

The report said people who were uninsured for part or all of 2009 accounted for 24.3 percent of the state's population under age 65.

UCLA researchers said the increase in the numbers of uninsured was driven mainly by Californians who lost employer-sponsored health insurance, particularly over the last year.

The study was based on phone interviews from 2007, updated with current insurance enrollment data.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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