600,000 Texans Have Lost Health Insurance Since Pandemic Began

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

More than 600,000 Texans have lost their health insurance since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, and the state now leads the country in the percentage of residents without coverage.

According to Families USA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer health advocacy organization, 29% percent of Texans no longer have health insurance. They says that is up 15% from last year.

Families USA says a total of 659,000 people in Texas lost their coverage from February through May.

Only California had a higher number of people lose insurance with 689,000.

The group says 5.4 million people have lost their health insurance across the country, and that's the biggest increase ever recorded, even more than in the last recession.

Families USA called this the deepest economic crash since World War II.

.@FamiliesUSA found a HUGE spike in the number of uninsured Texans this year.Texans need insurance so we can get timely medical care — for COVID or cancer or anything else — and have some financial stability in hard times.Abbott & #TXlege need to help! https://t.co/Z4Nj8tEDxE

— Cover Texas Now (@covertexasnow) July 15, 2020