States With the Highest (and Lowest) Uninsured Rates


Rate of uninsured: 17.1 percent

Texas blows the other states out of the water when it comes to the population of uninsured — it’s a full four percentages higher than Alaska, the second-highest uninsured state.

There are several reasons for this: The state has a large immigrant population, a limited Medicaid program and a lower-than-average rate of employer-sponsored health coverage.

And yes, Medicaid expansion would likely drive down the number of uninsured, but that proposition is unlikely. Republican Rick Perry, the former governor, immediately declined to expand Medicaid, and his GOP successor, Greg Abbott, has also refused.

Thanks. God bless.



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