The horrific mass shooting in Uvalde and the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has refocused attention on how Texas can raise the bar above our status quo.
We have a get what you pay for challenge as we seek to do better for Texas families. The U.S. Census ranks Texas 46th in state budget spending per Texan, and Texas ranks last in health care coverage. In 2021, Texas had the highest number and highest percentage of uninsured residents – for children and adults – in the United States. About 5.2 million Texans, or 18%, were uninsured. One in five uninsured Americans lives in Texas. Our children and teens are more than twice as likely as American children to be uninsured.
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