September 7, 2011
27 Percent Of Texas Residents Are Uninsured
According to results from Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 27.2 percent of Texans do not have health insurance.Gallup's study is based on 177,237 interviews between January through June 2011.
The results found that Massachusetts had the lowest percentage of uninsured residents at 5.3 percent, followed by Vermont with 9.2 percent and Minnesota with 9.4 percent.
Mississippi residents were just under three percentage points to place as the second state with the highest percentage of uninsured residents.
Gallup said that states with large Hispanic populations were the most likely to have the highest uninsured rate. Eight of the 10 states with the highest uninsured rates in the country are in the South, three of which border Texas.
On the other side of the spectrum, 7 out of 10 states with the fewest uninsured residents are located in the Northeast.
Gallup said uninsured rates across states in 2011 appear to be relatively stable so far compared with 2010.
Over 10 percent of adults lack healthcare coverage in almost all states, with over 15 percent going uninsured in 29 states.
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