1 in 5 uninsured children live in Texas, study finds

A case of strep throat or a broken arm from a trampoline fall can occur to children when parents least expect it, but a study released on Thursday found almost one in five uninsured children in the United States — or  682,000 — live in Texas as of 2014.

The study, released by Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, found that Texas still ranks second worst in the nation for uninsured children, even though the rate of Texas children without insurance decreased from 16.6 percent in 2009 to 9.5 percent in 2015. The national average was 4.8 percent in 2015.

Joan Alker, the center’s executive director, said Texas lags behind other big states like California, which has tried to streamline its application process online with its state health insurance exchange, done more outreach to underrepresented communities and expanded Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

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