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Mass. Has Fewest Uninsured, Texas Has The Most, Says Poll

A survey by Gallup and Healthways finds wide variations in the number of uninsured from state to state.

National Journal: Texas, Massachusetts Book-End Health Insurance Stats
Texas residents are the least likely to have health-insurance coverage, while those in Massachusetts are by far the best-covered, according to a Gallup poll published on Tuesday. There are few surprises in the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which finds on average 16.8 percent of U.S. adults went without any kind of health insurance in the first half of 2011, virtually the same as the year before but up from 14.8 percent in 2008. Not surprisingly, the numbers also reflect the strongly differing approaches to health care taken by the two governors responsible, who both happen to be seeking the Republican nomination for president—former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and current Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Fox, 9/6).

Kaiser Health News Capsules blog: Poll: Texas Ranks High In Uninsured, Once Again
New survey data from Gallup and Healthways shows 27.2 percent of Texans reported being uninsured in the first half of 2011 — the highest percentage of any state in the U.S. But that’s nothing new for the Lone Star State, which has had this distinction since Gallup and Healthways first began tracking uninsured rates in 2008 (Kulkarni, 9/6).

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