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Statement on Women's Issues

Although the female uninsured rate has improved dramatically, from 21% to 16% since 2013, Texas remains the state with the highest uninsured rate overall and the highest number of uninsured women and girls in the United States. Of the nearly 14 million women and girls in Texas, more than 2.2 million are uninsured (16%).

WalletHub examined factors relating to women’s economic and social well-being, as well as health care and safety, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Texas came in at No. 42.

For highest uninsured ranking Texas placed at 51.

Local governments now pay half the matching funds needed for Texas Medicaid payments to hospitals, because of high numbers of uninsured and low payments approved by the Legislature. In 2013, uncompensated care costs for Texas hospitals — which are largely supported by local property taxes — totaled $2.4 billion.

In Texas, 61 percent of families rely wholly or substantially on women’s incomes. 30 percent of all households are female-headed, yet 53 percent of all households living in poverty are female-headed. 17 percent of all women and girls in Texas live in poverty. For adult Texans, women are 1.4 times more likely to live in poverty than men in the same age group. About 63 percent of workers earning minimum wage or less are women.

And women in poverty spend 30 percent of their income on child care, cutting into what they can spend on quality housing or education. The cost of higher education in Texas has risen 40 percent in 16 years. And studies show that the average annual cost of child care in Texas is between $7,000 and $9,000, higher than the average yearly college tuition fees.

And for non-caucasian women it is worse. Only 25 percent of Hispanic women between 25 and 34 in Texas have some level of higher education, compared with 34 percent of African-American women, 55 percent of white women and 72 percent of Asian women.

Even women who are living above the poverty line in Texas face significant challenges to achieving economic security – from low-paying jobs, the high cost of child care, the lack of insurance benefits or the high costs of housing

Among those who have received a bachelor's degree or graduate degree, men on average make $27,000 more a year than women.

With a medicare-for-all system in place, with an increase of the Federal minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour, and working to ensure equal pay for equal work we can raise the socio-economic and healthcare status of women across Texas.

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