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February 2007

The following report indicates a continuing decline in health insurance coverage among San Diego County’s middle-class, based on data from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey. A significant drop in coverage exists among adults in the low- to middle-income households, those earning $30,000 to $80,000 per year. While public programs have generated improvements for children and the poor, gaining access to health care remains difficult.

Some key findings include:

  • In 2005, 13.1% of San Diego County residents were uninsured. This percentage includes 388,000 individuals, among whom 54,000 are children.
  • Uninsured adults earning a household income below $30,000 per year, totals 195,000 individuals.