May 17, 2019/Media

ICYMI: Texas Remains Dead Last in Health Care Coverage

Austin, TX — A new report from USA Today shows that more than 1.1 million Americans lost Health Care coverage in 2018. Texas remains dead last in key health care measures. Per the CDC, 25% of working-age adults in Texas had no health insurance in 2018, the highest in all states and almost three times the national average.

Meanwhile, Republicans refused to consider common-sense Medicaid Expansion proposals, attempted to strip workers of their paid sick and family leave, and are making it harder for Texans to get basic health care needs, like breast cancer & cervical cancer screenings.

More from USA Today:

  • “About 30.4 million Americans did not have health insurance in 2018, up from 29.3 million in 2017, according to the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey.  That means about 1.1 million more Americans lost insurance coverage last year.”

  • “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminated the health care law’s individual mandate that required people to get health insurance or pay a penalty. It formed the legal basis for a coalition of Republican-led states to argue in federal court that the entire health law should be tossed out.” A challenge the Trump administration and John Cornyn supports.

  • “The CDC survey says the number of Americans in high-deductible plans reached an all-time high, covering 45.8% of people with private health insurance in 2018. In 2010, 25% of people with private coverage had high-deductible plans.”

  • “Among 17 states with figures reported in the survey, Texas had the highest uninsured rate among working-age adults, 25%, and Massachusetts the lowest, 4.9%.”

Additional Reading:

  • Dallas News: “There are more uninsured children in Texas than any other state. In 2017, more than one in five uninsured children in the U.S. lived in Texas. And the situation is getting worse.”

  • Texas Tribune: “We’re almost double the national average in terms of uninsured children,” Cortez said. “To me, that’s unacceptable and that’s something that Texas needs to fix immediately.”

  • Dallas News: “Texas is throwing away billions on bad healthcare. But Legislators Look Paralyzed to Fix It.”