Which State Has the Most Women Without Health Insurance?

Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico have the highest rates of uninsured women in the country.

In Texas, an alarming 30 percent of women have zero medical coverage for doctor’s visits, emergencies or hospital stays. The numbers are almost as bad in Georgia, Idaho, Montana, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and Louisiana, where 25 percent or more of the women in those states are without health insurance.

Take a close look at Massachusetts and it becomes clear why health insurance matters. Just 5 percent of women in Massachusetts are without health insurance -- that’s the lowest rate in the nation. This is due to the 2006 law that mandated health coverage for nearly all Massachusetts residents. As a result, the number of adults receiving preventive care, including cancer screenings, increased. Massachusetts women have the highest Pap smear and mammogram rates in the country.Here’s what else happened in Massachusetts: the number of emergency department and hospital stays fell, reports the Kaiser Family Foundation -- proof that people got care before their heath problems turned into emergencies.

Here’s how the states rank on health insurance. The #1 state has the lowest rate of women who don’t have health insurance while #50 has the highest rate of uninsured women.

Rank State %
1 Massachusetts 5
2 Hawaii 10
3 Connecticut 11
3 Maine 11
3 Minnesota 11
3 Vermont 11
3 Wisconsin 11
8 Delaware 13
8 North Dakota 13
8 Pennsylvania 13
11 Iowa 14
11 New Hampshire 14
11 Rhode Island 14
14 Maryland 15
15 Colorado 16
15 Kansas 16
15 Michigan 16
15 Nebraska 16
15 New York 16
15 Tennessee 16
21 Ohio 17
21 South Dakota 17
21 Virginia 17
24 Alabama 18
24 Illinois 18
24 Indiana 18
24 Missouri 18
24 Oregon 18
24 Utah 18
24 Washington 18
31 Kentucky 19
31 New Jersey 19
33 West Virginia 20
34 Alaska 21
34 Arizona 21
36 North Carolina 22
36 Oklahoma 22
38 California 23
38 Mississippi 23
40 Arkansas 24
40 South Carolina 24
40 Wyoming 24
43 Georgia 25
43 Idaho 25
43 Montana 25
46 Florida 26
46 Nevada 26
48 New Mexico 27
49 Louisiana 28
50 Texas 30

All numbers are percentages of women 18-64
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010-2011

See the State of Women methodology and sources.

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