Report: Texas sees child poverty, uninsured rates fall; but ranks 43rd for child wellbeing

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AUSTIN, Texas — A report says high poverty and uninsured rates make Texas one of the 10 worst states in America to be a child.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual Kids Count assessment released Wednesday ranked Texas 43rd.

That's little-changed from recent years, despite a booming economy and a ballooning, richly diverse population.

Texas children are now 49 percent Hispanic, and a third of all its youngsters have at least one parent born outside the U.S.

Statewide child poverty rates fell to 25 percent in 2013, the most recent available year. That's 1.3 percentage points better than 2011.

Texas remains second nationally for the highest rate of uninsured youngsters, with 13 percent in 2013.

Meanwhile, a third of babies are born to women who receive late or no prenatal care.

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