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Study: More Childen Have Health Coverage

A study says California children are increasingly likely to have health coverage — but the number insured is low enough to keep the state near the bottom of national rankings.

The report was released yesterday by Oakland-based Children Now. It says one in seven youngsters statewide still lack health insurance.

That rate has improved by one-third over the last decade. But it´s still low enough to rank California 45th nationally. The report also documented differences among California counties. For instance — nineteen percent of Santa Barbara County´s kids aren´t insured — but just four percent of youngsters in Solano County lack coverage. Children Now has asked Governor Schwarzenegger to provide universal health coverage for kids.