Texas, Florida Have Highest Percentages of Uninsured

Lab coat pocket with stethoscopeTwenty-five percent of the population of Texas and 21 percent of people in Florida lack health insurance, according to a recent report.

The Texas Medical Association study The Uninsured in Texas notes that the state has the highest percentage of uninsured people overall, the highest percentage of uninsured adults ages 19-64 (27 percent) and the highest percentage of uninsured children (17 percent).

In Florida, 28 percent of people ages 19-64 have no insurance, as well as 14 percent of the children, according to the statistical site StateHealthFacts.org.

Nationally, 16 percent of the population does not have health insurance. Numbers are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey.

Research studies, including those at Discovery Clinical Trials, provide an alternative. Participants in studies can receive lab tests, medical care and study-related medications at no cost. No health insurance is required to participate in a study, and most include reimbursement for time and travel.

The Congressional Budget Office notes that groups with a high likelihood of lacking health insurance include:

  • Families with income below 200 percent of the poverty level
  • Hispanics
  • People age 19 to 34
  • People in families in which the adults worked either part-time or only part of the year

Among major population centers in Texas, Brownsville has the highest percentage of uninsured people, at 36.8 percent, with Laredo second at 36 percent and McAllen third at 34 percent. The state’s major cities all have rates higher than the national average, including Dallas (33.1 percent), Houston (30 percent), Arlington (24.3 percent), Austin (23 percent) and San Antonio (22.4 percent).

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