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Texans most likely to lack health insurance
By Insure.com staff

Texans are more likely to lack health insurance than residents of any other state, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

More than a quarter of Texas residents, 27.2 percent, don't have health coverage. Massachusetts, where health insurance is required, is on the other end of the spectrum, with 5.3 percent of residents lacking coverage.

The states have represented the extremes of uninsured rates since Gallup and Healthways started tracking coverage three years ago. The most recent data is based on more than 177,000 interviews conducted in the first half of this year.

Uninsured rates are higher in the South and West than in the Northeast and Midwest.

Besides Texas, the other states with the highest percentage of uninsured residents are:

• Mississippi, 24.5 percent

• Alaska, 23.5 percent

• Florida, 22.6 percent

• Oklahoma, 22.5 percent

• California, 21.9 percent

• Louisiana, 21.4 percent

• Arkansas, 21 percent

• North Carolina, 20.8 percent

• Georgia, 20.8 percent

States, other than Massachusetts, with the lowest rates of uninsured residents are:

• Vermont, 9.2 percent

• Minnesota, 9.4 percent

• Connecticut, 10.3 percent

• Hawaii, 10.4 percent

• Pennsylvania, 10.8 percent

• Wisconsin, 10.9 percent

• Maryland, 11.4 percent

• New Jersey, 11.4 percent

• Delaware, 12.3 percent

Generally uninsured rates are relatively stable compared to last year but are still higher than in 2008, Gallup and Healthways researchers say. More than 10 percent of adults lack health insurance in almost all states, and at least 15 percent are uninsured in 29 states.


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