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Poll: Texas Ranks High In Uninsured, Once Again

By Shefali S. Kulkarni

September 6th, 2011, 5:26 PM


Everything is bigger in Texas, including the number of uninsured residents.

New survey data from Gallup and Healthways shows 27.2 percent of Texans reported being uninsured in the first half of 2011 — the highest percentage of any state in the U.S.  But that’s nothing new for the Lone Star State, which has had this distinction since Gallup and Healthways first began tracking uninsured rates in 2008.

The U.S. Census Bureau will release its own data for uninsured rates from 2010 on Sept. 13.  The Census Bureau’s 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS) reported 26.1 percent of Texans as being uninsured.

Gallup and Healthways conducted telephone interviews with 177,237 people across the country between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year as part of their Well-Being Index.  The Well-Being Index looks at six ‘sub-indexes’ (life evaluation, physical health, emotional health, healthy behavior, work environment and basic access) to assess the overall health of residents of the U.S. and the U.K.

The survey’s timing is interesting, coming just one day before the scheduled debate among GOP presidential candidates. Why? Current front-runner Gov. Rick Perry is expected to go after former-front runner Mitt Romney on Masschusetts’ health care law.  That law is credited with the state’s state’s ranking in the Gallup poll as having the lowest percentage of uninsured in the nation (5.3 percent).

The survey’s six-month sample had a margin of error of ±0.2 percentage points, but Healthways reported a drop in overall health coverage in the month of July, leaving 82 percent of Americans insured.

4 Responses to “Poll: Texas Ranks High In Uninsured, Once Again”

  1. K Mills says:

    So what? You seem to be saying that if there is 25% of citizens unemployed, that they are not receiving medical care. That is false. First off, every county, City that I know of have free public clinics for citizens, and emergency rooms are also available. And, also there are a lot of illegal immigrants in Texas that don’t buy insurance (Is Texas responsible for their insurance? I think not). And, there are a lot of citizens that can afford to buy insurance but would rather buy a new care or go on a nice vacation instead of buying a policy (there’s their right and choice in Texas)There are very few citizens that do not have access to medical care. But, I’m sure you don’t care much about the facts, only the misinformation you can spread.

  2. W Khalifa says:

    U mad? The article is about the latest poll results on the percentage of uninsured residents. It has nothing to do with the ability to access medical care, illegal immigrants not buying health insurance, or rich people that don’t need health insurance. Sounds like you are trying to bend the facts yourself and create a new story, K Mills.

  3. n8whit says:

    States (including the very liberal and polar political opposite California) that have high illegal immigration have high uninsured rates. Thus more the reason to remove illegal aliens since they end up in our emergency rooms.

  4. Texas leads the nation in uninsured because it creates the most hurdles (paperwork, asset test, frequent re-enrollment) to coverage and because far fewer employers pay for coverage.