That rate translates into an estimated 191,600 uninsured people across Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, and Yolo counties, based on current U.S. Census Bureau population counts.
The proportion of Hispanics without health insurance (20 percent) is more than twice the rate for non-Hispanics (9.5 percent). Young adult men between ages 18-30 are also more likely to be uninsured, with 19.8 percent reporting they do not have health insurance. Among women in that age bracket, 17.1 percent are without health insurance. However, only 4.5 percent of all children under age 18 are uninsured.
The lack of health insurance appears to have serious consequences for the uninsured beyond its impact on their physical health. The study, using World Health Organization measure for the quality of life, shows Sacramento Region uninsured have:
As might be expected, the uninsured are also less satisfied with their health and access to health services.
Other study findings show: Among racial groups, Native American households had the highest proportion of uninsured (15.0), while Asian American households had the lowest rate (4.2).
Further information is available by contacting Randall MacIntosh at (916) 278-7961 or through the Public Affairs Office at (916) 2786156.
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