Census To Release New Health Insurance, Poverty Numbers

AUSTIN (September 15, 2013)—The U.S. Census Bureau releases new figures this week on how many Americans have health insurance and live in poverty and unless something major has changed, Texas will continue to rank among the worst states in the nation.

Last year's figures showed that 25 percent of Texans were uninsured despite one of the strongest economies in the country.

In all about 6 million didn't have coverage in 2011.

The bureau will also release the latest income and poverty statistics from the American Community Survey on Thursday.

Texas has consistently had one of the highest poverty rates in the nation at 18.5 percent in 2011, despite lower-than-average unemployment.

More than a quarter of all Texas children lived in poverty in 2011.

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