Texas leads the country in the percentage of uninsured people
Almost 1 out of every 5 Texans was uninsured in 2021. That's according to the Census Bureau’s 2021 American Community Survey 1-year estimates.
The census data, released this week, showed that 18% of Texans were uninsured in 2021. It was a very different story in Massachusetts, where 2 1/2% of the residents were uninsured.
Census Bureau officials say a number of factors influence whether a person has health insurance or not. But a key factor could be whether the state a person lives in expanded its Medicaid eligibility to lower-income families.
The census data shows that the five states with the highest uninsured rates did not expand its Medicaid eligibility. Texas leads that category followed by Oklahoma, Georgia, Wyoming and Florida.
A total of 36 states and the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid while 14 states have not.
The new data also reveals that a decline in the number of uninsured people across the country was driven by an increase in public coverage. Overall, 28 states saw a decline in the uninsured rate.
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