A Big Week for Medicaid Expansion at the Capitol

It has been an exciting week for Medicaid expansion at the Texas Capitol! On Tuesday, signatures from 37,000 Texans who have added their names to petitions in favor of Medicaid and Medicaid expansion were shared with members of the Texas House of Representatives. It’s the latest evidence—including support from chambers of commerce, local governments, health provider groups and majorities of Texans polled—that there’s a groundswell of support for accepting federal dollars to extend coverage to nearly 1.5 million low-income Texans next year. Legislation that would extend Medicaid or advance a “Texas solution” received hearings on the same day in a House Appropriations subcommittee. Below are some photos from a press conference highlighting the petitions:

 

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Conference Speaker- Luis Veloz

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Groups announced—and displayed on an 8-foot banner—results of petitions from Consumers Union, My Medicaid Matters, Working America, Progress Texas, Texas Well and Healthy, Texans Together, and MomsRising.

The very next day, NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus held a rally and press conference at the Capitol in support of expanding health coverage to over a million Texans. Afterward, they visited their legislators’ offices to make sure their message was heard loud and clear: Medicaid expansion is the right thing to do. Below are some photos from the rally and press conference:

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After seeing all these photos of activists, it’s hard not to be interested in getting involved! Visit our Take Action webpage, and learn how you too can advocate for a well and healthy Texas.

Written by: Liz Moskowitz, Texans Care for Children

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