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Texas has highest uninsured rate, high poverty

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas continues to have the highest rate in the country of people without health insurance and ranks among the highest in poverty.

The U.S. Census released data Tuesday that provides a snapshot of how Americans were doing economically in 2012.

Almost 25% of Texans did not have health insurance, compared to the national average of 15.4%. The rate was much higher among working-age adults, with 32% lacking health coverage.

Texas ranked eighth in the nation in poverty, with 17.2% of the population living in poverty. For a family of 3, that's less than $18,500 a year.

The data shows Texas made no progress in reducing the number of uninsured or the number or people living in poverty, which includes a third of Texas children.

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