• 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.


With Affordable Care Act in place, now it’s time for Texas to expand Medicaid AUSTIN, Texas – Today the Supreme Court handed down its decision in King v. Burwell, protecting the rights of consumers in all states – including those like Texas that did not set up their own health insurance marketplaces – to receive tax credits [...]

KingvBurwell preventable deaths

The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to issue a ruling in King v Burwell, the case challenging Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance subsidies for residents of states — such as Texas — that did not set up their own health insurance Marketplaces. Here are four things you should know about the ruling. 1. We are [...]


For Immediate Release Contact: Peter Clark, pclark@txchildren.org, 512-417-9262 May 29, 2015 Texans Joins NC to DC Walk to Demand Health Care Action Austin – Starting next week, six Texans will join supporters from 10 other states on a walk from North Carolina to Washington, DC to call for action to protect access to health care. The Walk, [...]

Not every job

On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature will finish its 2015 session without accepting – or seriously discussing – federal funding to expand access to health coverage for child care workers, cooks, construction workers, and others who don’t receive insurance from their employers. Heading into the session, chambers of commerce, doctors, and a long list of Texans [...]

uncompensated care

In a phone call to the state’s Health and Human Services Commission last week, the federal government told Texas  that its decision on continuing the “uncompensated care” portion of the 1115 Medicaid waiver will take into account whether the state accepts new Medicaid funds. The Center for Public Policy Priorities has released a helpful fact sheet on the Texas [...]

Robert_Advocacy Day

For Immediate Release Contact: Peter Clark, 512-417-9262 April 15, 2015 Austin – Today Texas Senators voted down an amendment by Senator Rodney Ellis to accept Medicaid expansion funds from the federal government. The Medicaid funding is intended to cover approximately one million low-wage workers who currently have no health insurance options and replace the phased [...]

In recent weeks we’ve seen numerous reports of Texas hospitals closing down or cutting back, largely because state leaders have not accepted the new Medicaid funding. Along with expanding access to insurance for cooks, day care teachers, and other low-wage workers who don’t get coverage from their employers, the Medicaid funding that the Legislature has [...]

Coverage Expansion Bills Tile

If you’d like to stay up-to-date this session on bills related to expanding coverage, we are at your service. Below is a comprehensive list of bills aiming to close the Coverage Gap in Texas. Our state has yet to accept federal funds to help insure over one million low-income Texans. These bills offer various solutions [...]

Brochure Coverage Gap Infographic

What is the Coverage Gap? About 1 million uninsured Texans are in the Coverage Gap, meaning they have no affordable health insurance options but would be covered if the state accepted new federal health care funds intended for them. They do not receive health insurance from their employers. They make less than $24,000 for a [...]


Despite exaggerated reports of its untimely death, Arkansas’ “Private Option” coverage expansion is alive, well, and in the black. In recent months several Republican-led states have taken steps to close their health insurance gaps and accept federal funds, Arkansas among them. Texans have closely watched our neighbor implement a unique coverage expansion plan, and there’s [...]

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