Border Health Caucus: In Numbers

Variation in population density can make access to health care a challenge for some, as physicians tend to work in more populous urban centers. 

For instance, El Paso County has a population density of 791 people per square mile, while Brewster County has 1.5 people per square mile. These two graphics illustrate just how expansive the Border region actually is.

And the need for access to quality health care in a timely fashion is immense. Consider these statistics: More than 1.1 million people in the border region are recipients of Medicaid, accounting for 25 percent of Texas’ entire Medicaid population.

More than 84,000 children in the border region rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) for healthcare, accounting for seven percent of the state’s entire CHIP population.

More than 800,000 people in the border region are recipients of Medicare, accounting for 20 percent of the state’s Medicare population. 

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Last Updated On

June 17, 2019

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