Impact of Funding Decisions
on Texas Children
Texas is experiencing explosive population growth. According to the 2015 U.S. Census, more than seven million children live in our state. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of children in the U.S. increased by two million; Texas children accounted for more than half of this increase.
Our hospitals are the safety net for all Texas children and have specialized expertise in caring for children. In fact, many of the patients in children’s hospitals are transfers from other medical facilities that could not provide the unique care that children require.
Children’s hospitals provide care to our state’s most ill children—care that they cannot receive elsewhere for congenital heart conditions, diseases of the brain, transplants, cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious conditions.
For the last 15 years, Texas has had the highest rate of uninsured children in the nation. About ten percent of Texas children are uninsured compared to the national average of five percent. More than three million children in Texas are enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), making these programs indispensable to Texas families.
To the children’s hospitals of Texas, these are not just statistics. These numbers represent Texas’ most vulnerable and needy children that we see in our outpatient clinics, physician’s offices and hospitals each and every day.