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Uninsured In Texas: A Breakdown

Mar 13, 2013

For five years in a row, Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country, according to a March report from Gallup.  Although Governor Rick Perry is adamant Texas will not make Medicaid available to more Texans by taking part in a federal program, many hope he will compromise

About 6 million of Texas' 25.5 million populations are uninsured, Based on Census Bureau estimates from March 2012. Here's a look at how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) would impact the uninsured. 

Steve Levine of the Texas Medical Association also has a nice breakdown in numbers of people instead of percentages: 

  • 2.4 million would be eligible to buy subsidized health insurance.
  • 1.4 million earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level and would be covered by Medicaid if Texas chose to expand the program as described in the PPACA.
  • 851,000 are undocumented immigrants.
  • 790,000 are currently eligible for Medicaid but not enrolled in the program.
  • 608,000 are not eligible for any government health care assistance.

    *Source: Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek.
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