34,000 Children in SoCal District Uninsured

LOS ANGELES -- The state's 32nd Senate District, which includes Pomona, has one of the highest percentages of uninsured children among California's legislative and congressional districts, according to a study released Wednesday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

According to the report, about 34,000 children in the district were uninsured, or about 9.7 percent, giving it the highest percentage among state Senate Districts. It also had the highest overall number of uninsured children, the report found.

In addition to Pomona, the 32nd Senate District includes San Bernardino County cities such as Bloomington, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario and Rialto.

"It's no accident that we're seeing higher rates of children without insurance in less-affluent areas," said E. Richard Brown, director of the center.

"Families with low or moderate incomes often work for employers that don't make health insurance available to their workers and these families usually cannot afford the soaring costs of coverage purchased directly from insurers," he said.

The 80th Assembly District, which includes portions of Riverside County and all of Imperial County, has 11.5 percent of children, or about 20,000, who are uninsured, making it the highest among Assembly districts.

Congressional District 45, which includes parts of Riverside County, including Palm Springs, has the highest percentage among congressional districts, with about 26,000 uninsured children, or about 10 percent, according to the report.

Congressional District 12, Senate District 8 and Assembly District 19 -- all in the Bay Area -- had the lowest percentages of uninsured children.

The data was published on the center's Web site -- www.healthpolicy.ucla.ed -- allowing users to search by legislative district.

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