Seven Texas counties – Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Hidalgo, Bexar, Travis and El Paso – were among the top 20 counties in the nation with the highest number of uninsured children, according to a report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. (Semevent/Pixabay)
October 13, 2020
AUSTIN, Texas — Advocates for children are calling on Texas lawmakers to take action in the next legislative session, after a new report shows the state has the highest number of children in the nation without health insurance.
Texas had an estimated 995,000 uninsured children in 2019, an increase of 243,000 from three years earlier. Data in the annual report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families was collected in 2019, during a relatively strong economic period.
Patrick Bresette, executive director at the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, said he was startled by the dramatic increase – especially because the data was collected