Quick Read: 1.2 Million Californians Lost Employer Health Benefits Since 2009

Many of those who lost insurance enrolled in the state’s Medi-Cal or Healthy Families programs. About seven million people in California are uninsured, just over 20 percent of the population.


About 1.2 million Californians lost employer health benefits during the recession while enrollment surged in government insurance programs, a new study finds. The number of people getting health insurance at work has been steadily declining for years in the Golden State, but those losses accelerated from 2009 to 2011, when the Great Recession took a heavy toll on many businesses, according to the study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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