POSTED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 10:33am
UPDATED: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 10:44am
AUSTIN, TX — One Northeast Texas county continues to have one of the highest rates of uninsured residents in the state.
Almost 31 percent of Titus County residents are without health insurance, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday based on 2011 figures.
Despite the high percentage in comparison to the rest of the region, Titus County’s percentage of uninsured residents dropped from 31.9 percent in 2010.
Titus County has had higher than 30 percent of uninsured residents since 2008.
Titus is still well below the Texas county with the highest percentage of uninsured residents: Hidalgo County in South Texas is at 38.9 percent.
Data also shows the percentage of uninsured people in Gregg County decreased from 25.7 percent in 2010 to 24.1 percent in 2011.
The biggest percentage change in the region was in Smith County, where 27.2 percent of residents were without insurance in 2010. That number fell to 24.8 percent in 2011.
Data also shows the rates in Hidalgo and Maverick counties in South Texas — at 38.9 percent and 35.1 percent uninsured, respectively — are two of the highest in the nation.
As a whole , Texas continues to have the highest uninsured rate in the country, with about one in four people having no coverage of any kind. Massachusetts, which requires residents to have coverage, has the lowest uninsured rate in the nation at 4.9 percent.
The Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates are a statistical analysis of the American Community Survey data and other census information combined with federal income tax, Medicaid, food stamps and County Business Patterns records.
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