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Thursday, October 11, 2018

San Antonio Has One of the Worst Rates for Insurance Coverage of All Big Cities

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 11:29 AM

click to enlarge Texas' uninsurance rates are 1.75 times the national average, according to the Texas Medical Association. - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Texas' uninsurance rates are 1.75 times the national average, according to the Texas Medical Association.
The Alamo City ranked 9th from the bottom in a new WalletHub study comparing the percent of people without health insurance in the largest U.S. cities.

But San Antonio shouldn't feel alone.



Plenty of other Texas cities are keeping us company at the ass-end of the list — among them, Corpus Christ (No. 59), Fort Worth (61), El Paso (63), Arlington (64), Dallas (65) and Houston (66, dead last).

The list shouldn't come as much surprise. Texas' uninsurance rates are 1.75 times the national average, according to the Texas Medical Association, and workers here are less likely to have employer health coverage than those in other states.

And things aren't improving.

During 2017, the rate of uninsured in Texas rose for the first time in years, according to U.S. Census figures. It increased one point to 17 percent.

The rate had fallen from 22 percent after the 2014 passage of the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare), but both the state and federal government have taken their scalpels to that program.

Texas is among 17 states that opted out of Medicaid expansion under the ACA, which experts blame on part of the increase. What's more, the Trump administration has slashed ACA's marketing dollars and shortened its enrollment period.

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