A higher percentage of Texas children had health insurance every year from 2008 to 2011, though the state continued to rank near rock-bottom overall on coverage of children, according to data released Monday morning.
Thirteen percent of children were uninsured in 2011, or about 917,000 Texas youngsters, compared with 18 percent in 2008, according to the Kids Count data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an advocate for disadvantaged children. The foundation obtains its data from the government.
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Kids Count data show:
- Texas ranked 42nd in overall child well-being.
- The portion of Texas children in poverty in 2011 was 27 percent, or 1,829,000 children. The national average was 23 percent.
- The portion of Texas children not attending preschool in 2009-11 was 59 percent, or 459,000 children. The national average was 54 percent.
- The portion of Texas high school students not graduating on time in 2009-10 was 21 percent, or 74,924 students. The national average was 22 percent.
- The portion of Texas children in single-parent families in 2011 was 36 percent, or 2,363,000 children. The national average was 35 percent.
- The rate of teen births in Texas in 2010 was 52 per 1,000.