Almost 700,700 Texans Gained Insurance in 2014

October 8, 2015

U.S. Census Bureau announcement shows 3% drop in the uninsured rate of Texans

September’s announcement from the U.S Census Bureau that 700,690 more Texans got health coverage in 2014 reaffirms what we’ve long known to be true and have witnessed firsthand on the ground: uninsured Texans are eager to enroll in new, affordable coverage options. Across the state, the Affordable Care Act is making quality health coverage more accessible for every community, especially for low income families and communities of color. Across Texas, there were several counties that had a decrease over 5% (Bastrop, Coryell, El Paso, Guadalupe, Hunt, Victoria and Wichita).

While the percentage of Texans without health insurance declined to 19.1 percent, from 22.1 percent in 2013, Texas still has the highest percentage of uninsured as well as the biggest raw number of uninsured at 5,047,000. Texas also had nine counties see their number of uninsured increase. The increase could be attributed to marketplace fluctuation, which is typical and expected across the industry as consumers join and leave the Marketplace throughout the year as they experience different life events, like getting a new job, moving to a new state, or becoming eligible for Medicaid or Medicare. The impact of these factors vary depending on the demographics of certain communities, so it’s tough to speculate on variances between counties. More importantly, the data shows thousands of Texans are now covered.

Change in Uninsured Rate by County, Texas

County 2014 uninsured % 2013 uninsured % % decrease
Angelina County, Texas

20.1

22.6

2.5

Bastrop County, Texas

18.7

25.6

6.9

Bell County, Texas

12.9

15.7

2.8

Bexar County, Texas

16.3

19.6

3.3

Bowie County, Texas

17.4

15.3

-2.1

Brazoria County, Texas

12.4

17.5

5.1

Brazos County, Texas

15.3

16

0.7

Cameron County, Texas

31.7

32.4

0.7

Collin County, Texas

11

14.9

3.9

Comal County, Texas

12.9

17.8

4.9

Coryell County, Texas

8.2

15.7

7.5

Dallas County, Texas

22.9

27.2

4.3

Denton County, Texas

13.6

15.7

2.1

Ector County, Texas

21.6

24.4

2.8

Ellis County, Texas

18.1

19.4

1.3

El Paso County, Texas

22.8

28.4

5.6

Fort Bend County, Texas

12.1

15

2.9

Galveston County, Texas

17

16.8

-0.2

Grayson County, Texas

17.5

17.2

-0.3

Gregg County, Texas

19.1

21.8

2.7

Guadalupe County, Texas

13.7

20

6.3

Harris County, Texas

22

25.4

3.4

Harrison County, Texas

18.2

18.5

0.3

Hays County, Texas

17.8

16.4

-1.4

Henderson County, Texas

24.7

21.1

-3.6

Hidalgo County, Texas

32.2

36.4

4.2

Hunt County, Texas

18.2

24.1

5.9

Jefferson County, Texas

22.6

21.7

-0.9

Johnson County, Texas

18.4

20.9

2.5

Kaufman County, Texas

19

18.2

-0.8

Liberty County, Texas

21.7

23.3

1.6

Lubbock County, Texas

16.2

19.3

3.1

McLennan County, Texas

17.2

18.3

1.1

Midland County, Texas

20

23.8

3.8

Montgomery County, Texas

14.2

17.8

3.6

Nacogdoches County, Texas

23

23.7

0.7

Nueces County, Texas

18.3

21

2.7

Orange County, Texas

14.3

15.3

1

Parker County, Texas

13.1

15.9

2.8

Potter County, Texas

22.8

23.8

1

Randall County, Texas

13.2

12.1

-1.1

Rockwall County, Texas

9.5

12.6

3.1

San Patricio County, Texas

18.9

20.7

1.8

Smith County, Texas

19.9

21.7

1.8

Tarrant County, Texas

17.8

20.7

2.9

Taylor County, Texas

16.1

19.3

3.2

Tom Green County, Texas

20.2

19.9

-0.3

Travis County, Texas

16.5

18.2

1.7

Victoria County, Texas

16.6

22

5.4

Walker County, Texas

14.1

15.7

1.6

Webb County, Texas

31.1

34.5

3.4

Wichita County, Texas

12.9

19.5

6.6

Williamson County, Texas

10.9

14.4

3.5

 

Moving into the third open enrollment period that begins on November 1, Enroll America will continue working with our partners across Texas to reach the remaining uninsured and helping them get enrolled. Nine out of 10 marketplace enrollees are getting financial help to pay for their plans, and Get Covered Calculator will continue to offer them a quick estimate of their potential premium and tax credit.

Free, in-person help is available in their neighborhood, and that they can make an appointment with an expert using the Get Covered Connector – they can even choose a Spanish-speaking assister if they would prefer. According to our data, consumers who got help were 60% more likely to successfully enroll than those who didn’t.

Every uninsured Texan should know that there are resources available to help them answer their questions and protect their family with quality health coverage.

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