As the 2015 legislative session gets going, one of the most important questions facing state leaders is whether they will expand Medicaid or develop an alternative Texas plan to accept the state’s share of new federal health  care funding and close the Coverage Gap for workers with no insurance options. Governor Abbott hasn’t abandoned his campaign

January update: The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Longview News-Journal, and Waco Tribune have now called for a solution as well. In just the last few weeks, there’s been a flood of editorials calling on state leaders to accept our share of new Medicaid funding to close the coverage gap. Over a million Texans don’t get insurance at work and

We told you in a recent post that over half of Americans without health coverage don’t know there is financial help available (discounted premiums, deductibles, co-pays)—even though nearly 9 in 10 enrollees last year got that help! Getting the word out can be tough. Many Texans are eligible for financial help, but a large number are stuck in the

We’re down to the wire if you need new health insurance to start on January 1, 2015. Today, December 15, is the final day to enroll if you need insurance coverage to start at the beginning of the year. If you are not ready to sign up today, you still have until February 15 to get 2015 coverage. Here’s what you need to do today to get the best plan

In just the last few weeks, there’s been a flood of editorials calling on state leaders to accept our share of new Medicaid funding to close the coverage gap. Over a million Texans don’t get insurance at work and don’t have incomes high enough to qualify for financial assistance on healthcare.gov. Texas leaders have not accepted the Medicaid

A lot happened under the radar last week in the debate about Texas developing an alternative to Medicaid expansion. Let’s take a look:   – The Texas Association of Business released its new legislative priorities, including: “Medicaid expansion. Support a private insurance model that includes copays and a sliding scale in order to reduce

As we near the launch of the second Marketplace enrollment period this Saturday, uninsured consumers are gearing up to Stop, Shop, and Enroll. But what if you already have 2014 Marketplace coverage—do you also need to act during open enrollment? In general, most people with existing 2014 Marketplace coverage will be automatically re-enrolled in their

Two big things just happened related to the Health Insurance Marketplace. I’ll give you the good news first. The Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov opened up for window shopping – you can see the plans and prices that will be available to you for 2015 coverage. This gives you several extra days to identify your needs and find plans

Getting affordable health insurance can make a world of difference to children, parents, and other Texans. It can mean a child gets back to school fast when he’s sick, a Texas women gets healthy before she’s pregnant, and a family avoids the crushing stress of going bankrupt from medical bills. Starting November 15, more Texans will be able to get

The new Health Insurance Marketplace provides a useful way for people to find and compare quality health plans. But the ability to shop for plans easily isn’t what really makes the Marketplace work for families. The Affordable Care Act instituted, for the first time, a broad system to help low- to middle-income families pay for the cost of private

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