Yesterday, the U.S. Census released its new numbers from 2011 on income, poverty, and health insurance. Among the findings:
* California has the most number of uninsured, with 7.256 million uninsured, or 19.6% of the population over the last two years.
Californians are more likely to be uninsured than residents of all but a few–and as a result of being uninsured, live sicker, die younger, and be one emergency from financial ruin. This data shows that more than ever, California needs to aggressively take advantage of the new benefits of the Affordable Care Act, because our health system and our residents need all the help we can get.