Health Reform Monitoring Survey – Texas, Issue Brief #7: Insurance Status of Adult Texans and Characteristics of the Uninsured as of June 2014
Marks, Elena; Ho, Vivian; Mineo, Jennifer
In June 2014, after the completion of Health Insurance Marketplace’s first open enrollment period, we surveyed adult Texans aged 18 to 64 to examine changes in insurance status since the opening of the Marketplace and to identify the characteristics of the uninsured population. Our survey indicates that there were small gains in coverage for adult Texans from September 2013 to June 2014 and that the types of coverage did not change much when compared with pre-Marketplace coverage. Low income and Hispanic populations still comprise the majority of the uninsured, and about half are employed. Comparisons to national data show many similarities in the characteristics of the uninsured although Texas’ uninsured population tends to be more Hispanic and female and less educated than the total US uninsured adult population.