More than 1 million children in Texas are uninsured and not receiving the health care they require
, according to a new survey.
The Kids Count survey
used data from the Center for Public Policy Priorities and found that 1.2 million children in Texas have no form of health coverage. In addition, nearly 40 percent of Texas mothers received little or no prenatal care, and 1 in 7 infants are born premature.
Children without insurance are at a serious disadvantage when compared with their insured peers. Ninety percent of children with health insurance are healthy, while just 58 percent of children without coverage are considered healthy.
Texas ranks 41st in the United States in number of uninsured
children, and the percentage of children in poverty is 5 percent above the national average at 25 percent.