More than 1.5 million Texans lose employer-sponsored health insurance due to COVID-19-related job losses


In this March 17, 2020, file photo, Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nearly 1.6 million Texans have lost access to employer-sponsored health insurance as a result of job losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

At the start of this year, Texas had five million uninsured residents. Its uninsured rate of 18% was the highest in the USA.

The study, released this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation, estimates that a further 1.6 million people have lost their insurance since March.

It is unknown how many of those people were able to find coverage elsewhere. 

In a statement, State Representative Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, said:

“Losing your health insurance is a terrifying prospect at any time, but especially during a global pandemic. The state of Texas should do everything possible to provide health coverage to Texans at this time of great uncertainty.”

You can read the study in full here.

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