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Feds put Texas dead last in health care

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Texas scored worst in the country on a federal health care report card.

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality says Texas is not making the grade. According to the study, 25 percent of Texans are uninsured.  We were given a "weak" rating I nine healthcare categories out of a possible 12.

Texas scored the lowest in areas such as preventive measures, home health, heart disease, acute, and chronic patient care.
                           
Racquel Martin is a college student and among that 25 percent who are uninsured.  Many turn to emergency rooms for care.

"A couple of people arrived by ambulance and they came and put them right in the waiting room with us.  It was just terrible.  I've never experienced anything like that," said Martin.  

She said she waited in Ben Taub Hospital's emergency waiting room from Tuesday till Wednesday.  

"So that was about a total of 17 hours that I was just wasting.  I was having bad abdominal cramps and I was feeling very faint, but I had been feeling that way for a while," she said.

She said she finally left without being seen.

On that federal healthcare report card, Texas scores 31.6 out of a possible 100.  That's the lowest of any state in the country.  

"I'm hoping we can change that.  I look at that number and I think we have a wealthy state.  We've got a state of really intelligent people and I'm hoping we can come together," said NAACP Board Member Gary Bledsoe.  

The NAACP is holding its national convention in Houston.  Friday's NAACP health summit was an attempt to raise awareness of unhealthy environmental issues and to get more Texans, more Americans, covered.  

"We're trying to do new and unique and innovative things in providing affordable health care," says Bledsoe.  

There's a new Texas NAACP insurance initiative where discounted health care coverage is offered to the uninsured.  Call Brian Rowland with ING Financial, an NAACP partner in the program, at (713) 881-8749 or reach out to the NAACP state office at (512) 339-9547 for more information.

A spokesperson for Bentaub Hospital says Bentaub is a level one trauma center and doctors have to see trauma patients before caring for others.  The hospital cares for about 300 patients a day and 120,000 patients a year.
      
Two areas where Texas is rated strong in that federal study deal with treating expecting mothers and children.  

Here are links to that federal study: (overall results)

http://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov/snaps11/

http://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov/snaps11/dashboard.jsp?menuId=4&state=TX&level=0

http://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov/snaps11/strongest_weakest.jsp?menuId=6&state=TX

http://statesnapshots.ahrq.gov/snaps11/overall_quality.jsp?menuId=5&state=TX&level=0&region=0&compGroup=N&compRegion=-1

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