Texas Well and Healthy

  • Welcome to our campaign for a well and healthy
    Texas
    ! We are statewide, grassroots, and devoted to
    working with fellow Texans everywhere to deliver on a
    vision of health care for every child, family, and patient
    who needs it.

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It was a busy day for health care in a couple courtrooms today. But Texans can rest assured that financial assistance is still available for the insurance they bought on healthcare.gov; their insurance hasn’t been affected; and financial help should still be available to buy insurance when open enrollment for healthcare.gov starts again on November [...]


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In Texas, 1.4 million low-income residents lack access to health insurance. If Texas chooses to accept federal dollars to close this gap in health coverage, the state stands to gain not only better health outcomes, but also new job creation and increased economic growth. Those who would most benefit from closing the health coverage gap [...]


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Coverage Gap Tools The Center for Public Policy Priorities released a new interactive tool and report last week that shows the benefits of expanding health coverage in Texas. The interactive tool, “Health and Wealth County Checkup,” shows the number of people in each county in Texas who  could gain coverage and how each county will [...]


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  Expanding health care coverage in Texas could create over 200,000 new jobs, reduce property tax pressure, and lower premiums for taxpayers and businesses.  Texans statewide stand to benefit economically and medically if the state legislature accepts federal health care funds to expand Medicaid — or adopts a Texas alternative that expands coverage — according [...]


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Children up to age 19 can enroll in Medicaid and CHIP year round. About half of Texas’s one million uninsured children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP. Many parents of these eligible children may not realize that there is no deadline for these two programs. It is critically important that everyone who has been working [...]


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Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence recently announced his proposal to accept federal Medicaid funding to close the Coverage Gap for uninsured workers in his state.   As a congressman in 2010, Pence was one of the most outspoken critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it made its way through the House and Senate. The Washington Post has [...]


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Click here for a printable one pager on the Coverage Gap. Uninsured low-income workers can now buy reduced-price coverage in the health care Marketplace if their income is above the poverty line. But for uninsured workers earning less than $12,000 per year or $24,000 for a family of four, affordable insurance is only available if [...]


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A total of 734,000 Texans purchased health insurance through the federal Marketplace from October 1, 2013 to April 19, 2014, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Despite state leaders’ opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 439,000 Texans selected a private plan in March and April, compared [...]


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There are plenty of reasons why Texas businesses are urging state leaders to accept federal health care funds to close the Coverage Gap for low-wage workers. A solution would provide a healthier workforce, create jobs, lower insurance premiums, and save Texas employers as much as $399 million in tax penalties for failing to insure their workers. By [...]


Mental Health and Coverage Gap

Updated: Our April 18th blog post reported that the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) estimated 652,000 Texans with mental health conditions or substance use disorders are in the Coverage Gap. However, AMHCA’s analysis is based on an estimate of 2.3 million Texans who could benefit from a broad Medicaid expansion, including legal immigrants and [...]


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