The horrific Uvalde mass shooting and the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on mental health have refocused attention on how Texas can raise the bar above our status quo.
We have a you-get-what-you-pay-for challenge as we look to do better for Texas families. The U.S. census ranks Texas 46 in state-budget spending per Texan, and Texas ranks dead last in health care coverage. In 2021, Texas had the largest number and percentage of uninsured residents — for children and adults — in the United States. About 5.2 million Texans, or 18 percent, were uninsured. One of every 5 uninsured Americans lives in Texas. Our children and teens are more than twice as likely as U.S. kids overall to be uninsured.