Texas Has the Highest Uninsured Rate in the Country. Lawmakers Haven’t Addressed it This Session.

Texas Observer

By: Sophie Novack

Texas has the highest overall uninsured rate in the country, the highest rate of uninsured kids and the highest rate of uninsured women of childbearing age. Yet the Legislature is on track to wrap up for the next two years without passing bills to expand coverage…

Meanwhile, a study released Wednesday found that Texas has the highest uninsured rate among women ages 18-44 in the country. More than one-quarter lack coverage — a rate nearly three times higher than in states that expanded Medicaid. The national report, released by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, found that health coverage led to better outcomes for moms and their kids: states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA had a 50 percent greater reduction in infant mortality than states that did not.

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