AUSTIN, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — More than a million Texas children remain without health insurance, and without it, those kids are not getting the care they need.

The startling condition of the state’s children came into vivid focus last week with the release of the annual Kids Count survey. The analysis of official state and federal data by the non-partisan Center for Public Policy Priorities found that 1.2 million Texas children have neither private nor public health insurance.

Statistics show almost 40 percent of Texas mothers received little or no prenatal care and one in seven babies were born premature.

The difference between being insured and uninsured is stark, with a reported 90 percent of insured kids shown to be healthy, while only 58 percent of kids without insurance are considered healthy.

The authors hope the study will inform future state policy.

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Comments (4)
  1. Ray says:

    Isn’t this really a case of millions parents not providing for their chldren and expecting someone else to pay their way? Whatever happened to personal responsiblity.

    1. BJ says:

      No it isn’t. If insurance isn’t availlabl through your employer then paying for it individually is astronomical. Evidentually you have insurance through your company and do not know the struggles of having to pay out of pocket.

  2. Texas64 says:

    Whatever happened to jobs with good wages, benefits and pensions? Corporations now regularly “restructure” so they can keep the pensions employees have paid in, get rid of employees and bring in lower wage workers. Add to this the GOP legislature gutting schools and funding for local services. So instead of our tax dollars going into building strong communities with educated workers and good infrastructure, they are used for corporate tax breaks and even ‘refunds’. Look up Century Aluminum, Caterpillar and Maytag. This is going on all over the country. Low wages, no insurance, no benefits. Isn’t this a case of dozens of corporate owners not providing for the infrastructure they use to run their business and expecting the local citizens to pay for them to get richer?

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