Galveston County’s number of uninsured residents has been cut in half in the past decade. But that bit of local progress pales when viewed within the context of national and state trends and the lack of attention given to the uninsured problem by state leaders in Texas.
Texas has the highest number and the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation, ranking 51st after all other states and Washington, D.C., according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Galveston County fares better than much of the state with 13 percent or a little less than 44,000 residents under age 65 uninsured, compared with 19 percent across Texas. The national average is 11 percent.