Yesterday the U.S. Census Bureau released its estimates of the percentage of people in each of the country’s counties and states who have no health insurance. There’s an interactive tool on the Census website that lets you drill into the information by race, age, sex, or income level.
Based on the data, Jeff Young of the Huffington Post tweeted out the above maps. If your income is under 400% of the poverty level, you’re eligible for tax credits to help subsidize the cost of buying health care. If your income is under 138% of the poverty level, under Obamacare you’re theoretically eligible to be covered by Medicaid under the new rules. (However, Texas declined the federal money to expand Medicaid.)
You’ll notice that much of Texas is as red as it gets (darker the red, the more the poor and uninsured), and unlike some places with similar shading (Montana, for instance), we actually have people living in this state. At all incomes levels, the percentage of uninsured in Dallas County is 30.5%. Among those living below 138% of poverty, the percentage of uninsured is 43%.
Let’s remember that before we brag too loudly about the great state of Texas.