2020 SPRING KLEIN EDITION
VOLUME 7, ISSUE 3 JUNE 5JULY 10, 2020
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 Spring and Klein ZIP codes have lower uninsured rates than the state, experts anticipate the uninsured rate will climb amid a rise in unemployment claims.
Percent of workforce iling for unemployment, April 15-May 16, 2020
Percent of uninsured residents, 2018
Harris County 20.2%
Harris County 5.67%
HEALTH CARE EDI T ION 2020
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13.02% of Spring and Klein residents did not have health insurance in 2018.
6.12% of the local workforce led unemployment claims in one month.
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SOURCES: TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION, 2018 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 5YEAR ESTIMATES, WORKFORCE SOLUTIONSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Spring, Klein uninsured rate to grow following layos State sees calls for expanding health care coverage amid rising COVID19 needs
BY ANNA LOTZ, ADRIANA REZAL & HANNAH ZEDAKER
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. Since March 11, unemployment claims peaked for the period spanning March 18-April 18, totaling 18,638 claims in the nine Spring and Klein-area ZIP codes, according to the Texas Work- force Commission.
TOMAGWA provides care to those ineligible for or unable to access health insurance throughout portions of Har- ris, Montgomery and Waller counties, including six ZIP codes in the Spring and Klein area, Simmons said. More than 49,700 residents within the nine Spring- and Klein-area ZIP codes were uninsured in 2018, accord- ing to 2018 ve-year estimates from
There are about 100,000 residents without health insurance within TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries’ 600-square-mile service area, which includes portions of Spring and Klein, CEO Timika Simmons said. “That was before the layos, so now the phones are ringing o the hook,” she said.
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