Dallas County will lead the state of Texas in the percent of kids without insurance according to the article “Dallas County Leads State In Uninsured Children” by Jason Roberson on dallasnews.com. The rate of uninsured children in Dallas County is about triple the national average based on the report released by The Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
This is a statistic that is very upsetting for residents. More than half of the 730,000 kids in Dallas County do not have full access to preventative health care. The report, called “Beyond ABC: Growing Up in Dallas County”, uses state demographic data from 1998-2008 to research the well-being of resident children.
Dallas health insurance isn’t necessarily difficult to find, but families are having difficulty affording rising premiums. Children’s and other hospitals support the initiative to get all children insured because it places them in the care of a regular doctor and eliminates expensive visits to the emergency room. This can prevent the mounting of debt for hospitals. 31% of Dallas County children will be uninsured by 2010 unless something is done.