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Texas leads nation in lack of health coverage

A recent Gallup Survey revealed that over 20 percent of Texans don't have health insurance. 

Texas leads the nation in the number of residents who lack coverage, or participation in the Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. 

Dr. Richard Jordan, M.D., of Texas Tech Health and Science Center says when Newschannel 10 spoke to him in February the clinic had 67 patients covered under Obamacare and that number is now at 105.

"You can say it's almost a doubling of the number of patients we've got, but it's not a very impressive doubling," Dr. Jordan said. "You can go from 2 to 4 and say it's a doubling, but it's just not really having an impact here in the Panhandle at least that I can see."

Dr. Jordan says not all physicians accept Obamacare, and the many fees that come along with with signing up might also be a factor. 

"When someone really looks at what this insurance policy is going to cost, they look at their deductibles, they look at their co-pays, they looked at what their premiums are going to be, and what they have to really pay in that deductibles before they can even really take advantage of having an insurance policy. So it's pretty complex and I think that's discouraging to people," Dr. Jordan says. 

He believes some may be avoiding signing up because they aren't sick, or because they aren't aware of the coverage. 

"There's room for improvement. I think almost anyone who gets out of the political mind set would say, it's got to be improved, we've got to do something better somehow. It still costs way way too much and we don't have enough people insured," he said. 

To read the full survey click here.

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