Texas saw a significant increase in the number of uninsured children in a two-year period, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
Researchers at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families found 121,000 fewer children in Texas were covered between 2016 and 2018. The state’s rate of uninsured went from 9.8% to 11.2% in that time.
“There is not even another state that is in the double digits,” said Joan Alker, who is the lead author of the study. “So, unfortunately Texas is way ahead of the country in this child health metric.”
That rate should be a “wake-up call” for the state, said Adriana Kohler, a senior health policy associate at Texans Care for Children.