Kaiser Health News / The Seattle Times, September 3, 2013
With about 16 percent of its residents uninsured, Washington state falls solidly in middie of the pack, with Texas having the highest percentage of residents without health insurance: more than 25 percent. Massachusetts, where a state health-insurance mandate has been in place for years, has the smallest percentage of uninsured residents at just under 5 percent. But in one way, and not a good one, Washington nearly led the nation, a recent report revealed. From 2008 to 2011, the state's increase in the number of residents without insurance was second-highest.