Of the more than 800,000 residents in
Overall, the number of El Pasoans and Texans with health insurance is climbing, but the picture is not completely rosy.
The state's Republican leaders argue, however, that
About 17.1 percent of
While the number of uninsured Texans has dropped to 4.7 million, about 1.2 million of those remaining would be covered if the state agreed to expand
Nationally, the rate of uninsured Americans dropped from 16.3 percent in 2010 to 9.1 percent in 2015, according to census estimates.
HHS officials, in a conference call Wednesday, attributed the decrease primarily to improvements from the Affordable Care Act that extend to all 50 states, including those such as
"We are very excited, very encouraged," HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
A spokesman for
However, state Sen. José Rodríguez, an
"Numerous other states that have expanded
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