Do A Third Of Texans Now Lack Access To Health Insurance?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alexandra HartAugust 5, 2020 7:25 am, , , ,

MJ Hegar, the Democrat running to unseat Republican John Cornyn in the U.S. Senate, said recently that nearly 1 in 3 Texans don’t have access to health insurance.

Is that a fact?

Madlin Mekelburg with PolitiFact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman, told Texas Standard that Hegar made the claim during a “virtual victory party” after Hegar won the Democratic primary Senate runoff in July.

During the Facebook event, Hegar said, “Before the pandemic, we had nearly 1 out of every 5 without access to health care coverage. And now: 1 in 3 – nearly 1 in 3 Texans under the age of 65 don’t have access to health care insurance because of the record unemployment and because of our health care model that’s failing Texas.”

Hear how Hegar’s claim scored in the player above.


Web story by Caroline Covington.

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