A million Texas children remain without insurance

By: By CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press
By: By CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - More than a million Texas children remain without health insurance, and those kids are not getting the care they need.

The startling condition of the state's children came into vivid focus last week with the release of the annual Kids Count survey. The analysis of official state and federal data by the non-partisan Center for Public Policy Priorities found that 1.2 million Texas children have neither private nor public health insurance.

Statistics show almost 40 percent of Texas mothers received little or no prenatal care and one in seven babies were born premature. The difference between being insured and uninsured is stark: 90 percent of insured kids are healthy, while only 58 percent of kids without insurance are considered healthy.

The authors hope the study will inform future state policy.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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  • by Just Sayin' Location: texas on Apr 24, 2012 at 06:35 AM
    Who cares about the kids just keep big tax breaks for big oil and the super rich. That what christians should do.
  • by here Location: gone on Apr 19, 2012 at 08:41 AM
    Well its fixing to be more then that when they pass the law for you to be drug tested at the welfare office! And Insurance is so high people cant afford to live. I hate that kids go without it. But it makes it hard to keep it when the price of living has goine up gas has gone up and its just alot
  • by ani Location: channdigarh on Apr 19, 2012 at 02:49 AM
    A million Texas children remain without insurance ...........http://goo.gl/n18dc
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Apr 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
    The Affordable Health Care Act (referred to by many as "Obamacare") should have been called the Health Insurance Company Security Act. It was the result of a compromise in an effort to get a few Republican Senators on-board with some form of health care reform. In fact, just a few years ago many Republicans and conservative think tanks were all for requring folks to purchase health insurance. The US spends more on health care than any other country in the world, and a huge amount of that expense goes to folks who do nothing to perform, improve, or otherwise provide health care services. Those who sell policies reap huge salaries, commissions and bonuses, and this health care act has made it a gaurantee that they will skim even more off the health care dollars we spend. The US needs a single payer system that will result in whatever we pay going toward actaul health care, not lucrative profits for insurance companies and handsome salaries for their sales staff and management.
  • by Bea Location: Mayberry on Apr 10, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    Some of the comments on here are beyond ridiculous, Anonymous your political views rob your heart from just common decency and compassion. Blow your views out in the toilet healthcare has become a business, forget the "hypocritical oath" so they are not going to lower their prices, a National Healthcare Plan is needed.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to Bea
      Exactly what I said. Health care has become a business and it should not be. It should not be about money. There is nothing political or lack of compassion about my view, and I know that a "National Healthcare Plan" will someday be, but it will never be right.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 06:24 AM
    Obama, Hillary, and all the health care reformers have done nothing to help the people with health care. They have only helped the insurance companies and medical professions to solidify their positions, and the outrageous fees they charge for health care. No one should need insurance for health care to be affordable.
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      by Logic on Apr 10, 2012 at 09:38 AM in reply to
      Wrong. Pre-Existing conditions were the #1 reason people could not get health insurance. Worse, insurance companies would drop coverage when they considered a condition to be pre-existing. You want death panels? Look at Insurance Underwriters...the ones who's job it is to save insurance companies money by denying claims. Thanks to Obama Insurance Companies can no longer deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions. This ALONE makes the whole thing worth it...and will save thousands of lives yearly.
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        by JsutMe on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM in reply to Logic
        What a load of BS. The number 1 cause of no health care coverage is COST! I cost me about $300 bucks a paycheck to have insurance on my family through my employer. That's nearly $600 bucks a month. The employers are no longer paying any portion of employee health insurance due to the high cost. That's one of the benefits employees have lost... So don't give me this dog and pony show about pre-existing conditions. How may minimum wage earners can afford a week or week and half's salary to go for health coverage? The answer is none unless they live under a bridge with no utilities.
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          by Logic on Apr 10, 2012 at 01:35 PM in reply to JsutMe
          First, you make minimum wage and think voting Republican is gonna help your situation?! Looking for some of that trickle down effect? And if you make minimum wage AND have a family, you will almost certainly qualify for medicaid. So do you think we should eliminate medicaid also? How about ALL programs designed to help the poor, working families? Pre-existing conditions is no "dog and pony" show if you've ever been denied man. THERE is you're REAL death panels...I suggest getting more education...hell drive a truck and make more than minimum wage! Would you complain so much if you only paid 145 dollars a month for a PPO plan that covers your entire family with a 2,000 annual deductible?
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          by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM in reply to JsutMe
          plus your dd goes up
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 05:32 AM
    Wait a minute! I thought under Obama's "plan", more and more people would be able to get insurance! Oh no, have we been deceived.....again???
  • by Jerry on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    How many of these kids parents are illegal,
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      by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM in reply to Jerry
      999,999.99
  • by x on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    and drs will still have million dollar homes
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      by Randy on Apr 9, 2012 at 07:17 PM in reply to x
      well they spend 8 years and a couple hundred thousand on education then save lives, I would say they earened the million dollar home
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        by bubba j on Apr 10, 2012 at 07:00 AM in reply to Randy
        Its more than that, Don't forget the internship years to, but oh yea, high school dropouts should be "entitled" to million dollar homes too! Again sick of the something for nothing..go to med school if its so easy..and right on Randy, they do
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          by Bea on Apr 10, 2012 at 09:40 AM in reply to bubba j
          Bubba, Bubba, Bubba
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          by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM in reply to bubba j
          not everyone has money to go to school they have to work to pay bills
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        by JustMe on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM in reply to Randy
        Well said Doc.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM in reply to Randy
        im sure they got financial aid
  • by Unhappy on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:26 PM
    The price of insurance is crazy then add the outrageous deductible. I should cancel my families insurance and apply for federal assistance!
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      by me on Apr 9, 2012 at 06:14 PM in reply to Unhappy
      its the ceo of insurance companies getting rich
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      by Yo Unhappy on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:49 AM in reply to Unhappy
      The FEDs allocate the money to the STATE to oversee it, so it's STATE assistance - and it doesn't exist for real people needing assistance. And since the STATE cut funding to Planned Parenthood - the outfit that was helping low income women - the FEDs cut the funding to the STATE. So there is no assistance for women. As to the kids - there is no reason for kids not to have insurance - it's called CHIPS, and covers just about all of them. Those not covered have lazy parents.
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