The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released a report - "The State of Health Insurance in California."
Highlights (or lowlights):
More than 2.2 million California adults report having medical debt, and two-thirds of those incurred the debt while insured.
In total, nearly one in seven non-elderly adults in California (13 percent) have some kind of medical debt, and more than 800,000 Californians have medical debt greater than $2,000.
Individuals with medical debt are twice as likely as those without debt to delay or forgo needed health care, the report found.
"That even insured people are forced to take on medical debt to pay for their health care is another glaring inadequacy in our current system of health insurance," said E. Richard Brown, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and lead author of the SHIC report. "Current policies either do not offer enough coverage or offer full-coverage at a cost that is too expensive for many people to bear."