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The 5 states with the best and the worst scorecards for health insurance

Oliver, who has used his health insurance extensively since birth

The Kaiser Family Foundation just published the latest numbers of the state of health insurance. The numbers are from 2010 (it takes a while to collect and process the data).

Overall 16% of Americans are uninsured, a 1.7% increase from 2009. Nationwide the breakdown is as follows:

  • 49% Employer sponsored
  • 5% Individual
  • 16% Medicaid
  • 14% Medicare
  • 1% Other public
  • 16% Uninsured

The States with the lowest number of uninsured are:

  • Massachusetts 5%
  • Hawaii, 8%
  • Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin, all at 9%

And the States with the worst record for the number of uninsured? Texas, with a whopping 25% of the population without health insurance. New Mexico, Florida, and Nevada all tie for runner-up at 21%, and Georgia rounds out the top 5 at 20%.

Hawaii and Massachusetts are the best states regarding health insurance for children as only 3% of kids are uninsured (the national average is 10%). And yes, Texas is the worst with 17% of children uninsured.

I wonder if Ron Paul has anything to say about the dismal state of health insurance in Texas, you know considering he is a doctor and lack of access to health care leads to delay in diagnosis as well as less than adequate care for hundreds of thousands of people. Certainly as an OB/GYN Dr. Paul should know that lack of access to health care is the leading cause of prematurity in the United States.

But the fault is also with all of us. I mean, we are a country that embraces 5-year $90 million contracts for sports stars and the combined salaries for the top 10 highest paid NFL stars in 2011 is $150 million (give or take a million). I wonder how many people we could insure for a year with just half that amount?

Food for thought.

Employer health insurance by state (courtesy Kaiser Family Foundation)


3 thoughts on “The 5 states with the best and the worst scorecards for health insurance

  1. But, but Dr. Gunter, that 25% figure has got to be overinflated because it includes non-Americans! /sarcasm

    More seriously, as one policy analyst says: “We have a large low-income population, we have a large Hispanic population, It tends to be true that at every level of income, the Hispanics have a higher rate of uninsurance.” (link:

    Therefore, you know, it’s okay that states who have to ‘deal with’ a large Hispanic population has high levels of uninsurance.

    Posted by Emily Lu (@a_singledrop) | January 16, 2012, 10:24 am
  2. Just peachy that Georgia made the top in this category. Do you have a link to the Kaiser report? I’d like to send a copy of it to my Georgia Congressman, Paul Broun, MD, and the governor deserves a copy as well.

    Posted by Cassie Brown | January 16, 2012, 6:08 pm


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