POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 11:44am
Longview, TX — New U.S. Census figures show almost one in four Gregg County residents lacks health insurance coverage — an increase from 2011 and a greater percentage than the state average.
Analysis of the most recent Census data shows that, in 2012, more Gregg County residents were uninsured, earn less and were more likely to live in poverty than the state average, which was higher than the national average.
In addition, in many of the metrics, the county either held steady or decreased in performance as compared to 2011, according to the American Community Survey.
According to the 2012 data, Gregg County saw the percentage of its residents without insurance increase from 18.3 percent in 2011 to 23 percent in 2012, surpassing the state average of 22.5 percent and the national average of 14.8 percent for the year.
Gregg County resident David Holley, who has been without health insurance since he was laid off work several years ago, was not surprised so many residents are in the same situation.
According to the report, 27,856 Gregg County residents were uninsured in 2012 compared to 22,174 residents the previous year.
“I think it is just the cost (of insurance). It makes it difficult for some people,” Holley said.
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