Texas Has Higher Rates Of Rural Adults Without Health Insurance

Sep 26, 2018

Credit Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

MEDICAID EXPANSION STUDY-   Texas has one of the highest rates  of adults without health insurance  living in rural areas.  That’s according to a report released yesterday from Georgetown University and University of North Carolina.   The study  focused  on  The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion decision  in  states  like Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.

Texas  government  officials  chose  not  to expand Medicaid  under the Affordable Care Act.  Compared with other states, researchers say  Texas has higher rates of non-elderly uninsured adults living in rural areas.   36 percent for rural areas and small towns, and 29 percent in metro areas.  Jack Hoadley – is a research professor at Georgetown University – he  says  those  are  high  uninsured rates  across  the  board.

"And expansion can bring both of those down," Hoadley explains. "But it’s even higher in those rural areas where people have fewer opportunities to get insurance through their jobs maybe unemployment rates are higher and other things that make it harder to keep health insurance."

Hoadly says Medicaid expansion could have helped some rural hospitals and other medical providers  in Texas  keep their doors open – and in turn keep people in those communities healthier.