Report sees big dive in health coverage in California

Nearly a million Californians, more than in any other state, will lose their health insurance coverage during a three-year period ending in 2010, according to a report released Wednesday that showed the sobering impact of rising insurance premiums and unemployment.

This year alone, more than 330,000 people are expected to lose coverage in California, according to Families USA, a Washington, D.C.-based health care advocacy group.

The report underscores the need for quick action on legislation aimed at overhauling the country's health system, said Ron Pollack, the group's executive director.

"With each passing week, more Americans are losing their health coverage," he said.

"We have a wonderful opportunity now – with a broad consensus in support of action and momentum – to enact meaningful health reform. The longer Congress waits to act, the more California families will lose coverage."

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