Lack of health insurance is as big as Texas
POSTED: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 5:32pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 9:31am
Tyler,TX — Getting health insurance is a big problem for Texas families.
A couple of reasons could be.... people can't get insurance because they're not working or can't afford it.
According to the American Community Survey, the state of Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation.
More than 26% of people, ages 65 and younger, 5.8 million Texans were uninsured in 2010.
Texas' largest cities, Houston,Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Austin, Fort Worth and El Paso had the highest percentage.
The survey shows, counties along the Texas-Mexico border also have some of the highest uninsured residents.More facts on the survey says, 3.8 million people had annual income less than or equal to 200% for the federal poverty line.
KETK tried to speak to the Texas Department of State Health and they weren't available to comment.
The unemployment rate in Texas in 7.2%, and many people say it just doesn't add up to Texas having the highest rate of uninsured.