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Texas Has Highest Percentage of People Without Health Insurance

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Texas continues to lead the country in the percentage of uninsured people under 65. That has been a trend for at least the last five years.

The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show more than one in four people under 65 did not have health insurance – that was more than 5.7 million people in 2011.

Two South Texas counties had the highest rates of uninsured people. Among urban counties, Hidalgo County had the highest rate – with 39 percent of people under 65 without health insurance in 2011.

Maverick County had the highest rate of uninsured (35 percent) among medium-sized populations.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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