• 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 looks like Texas leaders might be on the clock to get the state’s health care system in line with the new way of doing business across the country. For several years, the federal government has sent billions of dollars to Texas and other states to help with the unpaid hospital bills left behind by […]

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Part Two: I Didn’t Have Health Insurance in 2015 It’s tax season again and like last year we are providing high-level information on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) impacts personal income taxes. Earlier this week, we released Part One of this series which discusses the impact of the ACA on tax filing for people who had health insurance […]

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Part One: I Had Insurance in 2015 It’s tax time again, and it’s the second year people will see changes to their income tax filing because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is the first of our now-annual two-part blog series on the ACA and taxes, focusing on taxpayers who had health coverage in 2015, and […]

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The costs of Texas’ inaction—not moving ahead with a plan for health care coverage and accepting federal Medicaid Expansion funds available to our state—are mounting with the passage of time. Experts estimate Texas is currently losing around $6 billion a year in federal dollars for health care because we have not closed our Texas Coverage Gap. On top […]

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In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court’s left it up to states to decide whether or not to accept Medicaid expansion funding from the federal government. Most states have accepted the funding, which was designed to provide an insurance option for construction workers, child care providers, and other workers with incomes between $4,000 and $24,000 per […]

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You can also find this blog post here, or download a fact sheet. Between 750,000 and 1 million uninsured adult Texans are in the Coverage Gap, meaning they have no affordable health insurance options today, but they would be covered if our state accepted new federal health care funds that are available for their coverage. […]

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In November, the U.S. Health and Human Service (HHS) released a report comparing plan benefits and cost-sharing under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to benefits and cost-sharing in plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The big takeaway from this report is that CHIP health coverage in all 36 states […]

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New Report Shows State Has Made Important Strides In Reducing Number of Uninsured; Advocates Look to Next Steps to Continue Reducing Uninsured Rate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anat Kelman Shaw O: 713-664-4080, M: 832-488-8242 Austin, Texas – Texas still has the largest number of uninsured Hispanic children in the country although the number is declining, […]

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Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began on November 1. In roughly the first two months, 8.5 million people nationwide selected plans in the federal Marketplace. About 6 million consumers renewed their existing coverage, and about 2.5 million consumers newly selected a plan. So far, 1.1 million Texans have selected plans for 2016. Open […]

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This commentary originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman. When it comes to making our state healthier, a new report shows that we really can make progress when we roll up our sleeves and get to work – and that we still have more work to do here in Texas. Our state has made progress ensuring that […]

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