|Clearly more resources are needed statewide as we work to enroll the millions of uninsured Texans, but these maps help show where exactly they can have the greatest impact.
In Austin, we see a high concentration of uninsured people (in red) on the east side, which tracks fairly closely with the in-person assistance (in purple) - mostly close to the I-35 corridor, with several options on the east side. Austin has the lowest uninsured rate and the lowest total uninsured population of these five cities. That, paired with the fact that Austin is a smaller city, may help these in-person assistance resources go farther.
The in-person assistance options in Dallas appear fairly evenly distributed, with a decent number in the areas with the highest numbers of uninsured. Not bad in terms of geographic distribution, but with the fifth highest uninsured rate in the nation and over 660,000 uninsured, the city needs more in-person assistance, plain and simple.
Fort Worth's assistance is more or less concentrated in the areas it's needed most. But with almost 400,000 uninsured to reach, there are still clear gaps - like the south and southeast of the city.
Much like the city itself, the assistance in Houston is sprawling. But it's noticeably thinner in large swaths of the city where over 30 percent of the population is uninsured. According to Get Covered America, "Houston has more than 60 in-person assistance sites, yet only a handful are located east of I-45 and north of I-10, despite high concentrations of uninsured people in northeast Houston." With the second highest uninsured rate in the country and over 1.1 million uninsured spread out over such a large area, 60 in-person assistance sites probably won't cut it.
In San Antonio, the in-person assistance options are pretty thin inside the 410 loop, where almost the entire circumscribed area has an uninsured rate over 30 percent. There are more assistance options on the north and east sides, but that's not exactly where the high concentrations of uninsured live.
Larger images and the maps for Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston are available at the Get Covered America website. You can also look up how to get help enrolling in these five cities by using Get Covered America's local help locator tool.