Over 1 Million Texas Children Lack Health Insurance

A report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) found that 1.2 million Texas children do not have any health insurance. The study, which examined official state and federal government data, revealed that Texas ranks 41st in the nation in terms of the number of uninsured children. Statistics find a wide gap between the health of children who are insured and those who are not: 90 percent of children with insurance are considered healthy, compared to 58 percent who do not have it. Recently, the legislature cut spending on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program by more than $2 billion for next year, according to CPPP. Texas is one of the states opposing the health care law’s implementation, even as it has accepted money from grants in the bill.

Zachary Bernstein