Texas Has Highest Rate Of Uninsured Residents

AUSTIN (September 17, 2013)--Texas continues to have the highest rate in the country of people without health insurance and ranks among the highest in poverty, according to U.S. Census released data released Tuesday, which a snapshot of how Americans were doing economically in 2012.

Almost 25 percent of Texans did not have health insurance, compared to the national average of 15.4 percent.

The rate was much higher among working-age adults, 32 percent of whom lack health coverage.

Texas ranked eighth in the nation in poverty, with 17.2 percent of the population living in poverty.

For a family of three, that's less than $18,500 a year.

The data show that Texas made no progress in reducing the number of uninsured or the number or people living in poverty, which includes a third of Texas children.

Nationally about 46.5 million people, or more than 1 in 7, were in poverty in 2012, which isn’t statistically different from 2011.

It was the sixth straight year that the poverty rate had failed to improve, hurt by persistently high levels of unemployment after the housing bust.

The number of people lacking health insurance dipped from 15.7 percent to 15.4 percent, with the number of the uninsured statistically unchanged at 48 million.

The main provisions of the new health law don't take effect until 2014.

The statistics released Tuesday cover 2012, when U.S. unemployment averaged 8.1 percent.

The median household income was $51,000, unchanged from 2011.

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