Texas leads the nation with the highest percentage of residents without health insurance, even though more than 700,000 people procured health insurance last year in the state.
About 5 million Texans still live without health insurance, according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s equal to 19.1% of the state’s population, making it the state with the highest uninsured rate. Nationwide, the uninsured rate stands at about 12%.
Texas has been slowly improving health insurance signups, bringing down the number of uninsured by 3 percentage points year-over-year. Part of that is due to the federally-mandated insurance exchanges under Obamacare, which enrolled more than one-million Texans in health insurance plans.
The other top five uninsured states include Alaska (17.2%), Florida (16.6%), Georgia (15.8%) and Oklahoma (15.4%).