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Affordable Health Care is a Priority

Updated: Jul 30, 2022

Let's make health care affordable for all Texans --

The number of uninsured Texans in 2018 was 5 million. Texas enjoyed three straight years of historic improvements in our uninsured rates from 2014 to 2016, but lost ground in 2017 and 2018, leaving 17.7 percent of Texans uninsured. Texas remains the state with both the largest number and percentage of uninsured residents in the United States. Inaction by the state leadership and legislature is responsible for Texas’ extreme ranking, and federal actions have also directly undermined coverage across the U.S. True equality of opportunity cannot exist while millions lack life-saving care, must forego medical care that could make them well and prosperous, or can only access that care at a price of financial ruin.

Working-aged Texas adults (19-64) are more than twice as likely to be uninsured as our children: 24.8% compared to 11.2% of children. This is due in large part to the lack of Medicaid coverage for adults.

Courtesy of Every Texan (formerly Center for Public Policy Priorities)

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