2020 TOMBALL MAGNOLIA EDITION
VOLUME 10, ISSUE 9 JUNE 2JULY 7, 2020
If we're seeing 300,000 people at least in Houston having lost their jobs, we may have seen 300,000 people in Houston having lost their health insurance. PATRICK JANKOWSKI, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF RESEARCH FOR THE GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERSHIP A N T I C I P A T I N G T H E S U R G E
Texas leads the nation in having the highest percentage of residents without health insurance. Although most of Tomball and Magnolia have lower uninsured rates than the state, experts anticipate the uninsured rate to climb amid a rise in unemployment claims. Percent of uninsured residents, 2018 UNINSURED
Percent of workforce iling for unemployment, April 1-May 2, 2020
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14.02% of Tomball and Magnolia residents did not have health insurance in 2018.
7.08% of the local workforce led an unemployment claim in one month.
SOURCES: TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION, 2018 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 5YEAR ESTIMATESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Local uninsured rate to grow following layos State sees calls for expanding health care coverage amid COVID19 needs
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Since March 11, unemployment claims peaked for the period spanning March 18-April 18, totaling 6,582 claims in the ve Tomball and Magnolia-area ZIP codes, according to the Texas Work- force Commission. “That was before the layos, so now the phones are ringing o the hook. We’ve had to streamline our process and move it online to start accom- modating the number of people who
are now without insurance who live within our service area, and they’re nding out TOMAGWA is their only option,” Simmons said. TOMAGWA provides care to those ineligible for or unable to access health insurance throughout portions of Har- ris, Montgomery and Waller counties, she said. In Tomball and Magnolia, the only
There are about 100,000 residents without health insurance within TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries’ 600-square-mile service area, CEO Timika Simmons said. That number is expected to surge as more residents nd themselves unem- ployed as a consequence of the host of layos and business closures caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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