New report finds Texas ranks in the bottom percentage for health care coverage

A new report released this morning shows that Texas has some of the lowest health care rankings in the nation. The report looks at each state’s health care in terms of access, affordability, and a series of health outcomes. Each state receives an overall rank, and is also ranked categorically. 

Texas received a total score of 43 overall putting the state in the bottom ten percent for health care in the nation. This ranking is a result of combination scores in three categories: cost, access and outcomes. 

The state ranks 28th in terms of cost, 51st in access, and 38th in terms of outcomes. 

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The report examines 33 metrics from a number of different data pools to calculate these rankings. The CDC, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CMS are included in the list of data providers. 

Metrics include: the full weight cost of medical care per visit, average monthly insurance premium cost, the share of individuals who do not visit a doctor due to high cost. 

The report also looks at the number of hospital beds per capita, average Emergency Room wait time, Medicare and Medicaid acceptance rates, status of ACA innovation waivers, and the presence of telehealth in the state. When looking at overall outcomes the report examines: infant, child and maternal mortality rates, dental visit rates, immunization rates, and hospital readmittance rates, to name a few. 

The report breaks down these categories and examines a number of specific health indicators, including, percentage of medical residents retained, Medicare acceptance rate, percentage of insured adults and children, and infant mortality rates, to name a few. 

Texas has the fifth highest percentage of medical residents retained. California is ranked number one, and Washington DC comes in last in this category. Improving retainment rates in the nation has been a top concern in several states. Encouraging new doctors to remain in areas where there is limited access to care is a top priority of legislators as it improves health outcomes overall. 

In terms of the number of insured adults age 19-64 Texas ranks 51st. The state also ranks 51st in the number of insured children in the state. These rankings demonstrate that Texans, across the board, have some of the worst access to regular health care. 

Minnesota, Massechusetes, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and Vermot round out the top 5 states for overall health care. Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi, North Carolina and Alaska round out the bottom 5 worst states for overall health care, according to the report. 

While the legislative session is over, these data points can be utilized during the interim in planning and drafting future legislation.