New UCLA/CHIS Data Shows Declines in Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Coverage
Additional Data on Mental and Oral Health, Marijuana Use, Voter and Civic Engagement, Highlights Disparities as well as Opportunities for Action
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released new data from the 2017 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) findings. The largest single-state health survey in the United States, the 2017 survey includes responses from children, teens and adults in nearly 21,300 households on wide-ranging topics including health care coverage, mental health, marijuana use, adult dental coverage, voter registration and civic engagement.
CPEHN reviewed the findings and found important implications for the health and wellbeing of communities of color in California. Below are some highlights from the survey as well as recommendations from CPEHN for what local and state advocates should do to address remaining disparities for California’s communities of color.
Finding #1: The ACA has significantly reduced the uninsured rate in California by half, from an average of 14.8% in 2013 to just 7.4% in 2017, and has produced historic declines in racial disparities in health coverage rates (see table below). However, despite these gains, Latinos still have the highest uninsured rates in the state (12%) compared to all other racial/ethnic groups (4.4% - 7.3%). These findings are consistent with CPEHN’s analysis of newly released U.S. Census Bureau statistics.