New Census Data Released Today Underscore Texas’ Need for Affordable Health Coverage

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AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ Anne Dunkelberg, associate director and senior health policy analyst, made the following statement about today’s release of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey:

“Today’s release shows that Texas still has the highest rate of uninsured in the United States, at 24.6 percent, or 6.4 million, reaffirming the need for affordable health coverage for all Texans. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, in 2014, uninsured Texans above the poverty line (e.g. $23,550 for a family of four) will finally have options for new, affordable health coverage.

“We know what works to reduce uninsured rates. Fifteen years ago, 1 in 4 Texas kids was uninsured, but today, thanks to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the overall uninsured rate for Texas kids is down to 1 in 6 (16.4 percent). Clearly, making affordable health coverage available for low-income and poverty-level Texans makes a real difference.

“The data released today show nearly 1 in 3 working-age adults in Texas ages 19-64 (32.1 percent) is uninsured and are nearly twice as likely to be uninsured as Texas children. Texans are much less likely to get health coverage through their jobs, or their spouse’s or parent’s job, than the average American, with 51.6 percent of Texans under 65 receiving employer-based health insurance compared to 58.4 percent of Americans.

“These facts show us why the new health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act is so important. It will give uninsured Texans above the poverty line who don’t have a quality affordable employer-based health plan a new way to get good coverage at prices that fit their budgets.

“However, because our state leaders have refused to accept federal funds from the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid, Texas’ uninsured adults ages 19-64 below the poverty line are left with no help. In other words, the parents in a family of four making $25,000 can apply for a generous subsidy through the health insurance marketplace, but the parents in a family of four making $22,000 won’t be eligible for help. Today’s data show about 1 million US citizen Texas adults below the poverty line were uninsured in 2012, making up 1 in 6 of all uninsured Texans.

“Our state leaders must act to provide more options for our poorest Texans so they can have the opportunity for quality, affordable health coverage like those above the poverty line.”

For more details from the U.S. Census Bureau, click here.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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  • I have recently gathered information for my AP English 3 project based on a high school graduates financial struggle. I have learned that it is difficult for many Americans to be successful with out a college education. I have to admit that it was difficult for me to find a company in the state of Texas that allowed me to work for them with only my GED and high school knowledge. An abundant amount of Americans who live in the state of Texas suffer of low incomes. A low income is not the only thing the ordinary poor has to deal with. A major problem these people suffer is the fact that they do not qualify for insurance coverage. This forces them to make extreme decisions related to their health. I was fortunate enough for my boss to pay for the cost of my insurance.” Anne Dunkelberg” asserts that the state of Texas “has the highest rate of uninsured” citizens. This shows that the state of Texas has not yet invested time to its peoples health. Dunkelberg strongly affirms that the state of Texas must ” provide more optionts for” the working poor in America. Many good fellow Americans have gathered today to create a system called the “Affordable Care Act” to accord american citizens without health insurance the ability to qualify for government support. This campaign will open doors for many Americans. It will allow them to be strong, wealthy, and healthy american citizens. The positive outcome of this project is that it will enable the poor to live like the ordinary middle class. Like any new campaign there will be a negative start. “Our state leaders” have opposed to gather the funds of this systems to allow it to be a successful campaign, and help those in need. The state leaders have come to an agreement to allow this to be a successful campaign. Some restrictions may apply for those who seek to be covered by the new insurance. One being the requirement of a family of four with a “$25,000” dollar income per year. I strongly believe in the american way of helping its citizens with health insurance. Many Americans including me have been inspired by this american method to help and support the american government. This article proves that the american government truly cares about its citizens. We may conclude that the american government is very attentive , and kind to its citizens. What would we do without the kind heart of america.

    Jose 08.10.2013

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