Health Care Boot Camp Presentations Are Now Available

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Were you at the Capitol last week for the our Texas Well & Healthy Medicaid and ACA Boot Camps? The turnout was phenomenal, and we were so pleased to see so many legislative staffers and advocacy groups in the room. If you couldn’t make it, however, never fear. Now’s your chance to catch this information through our downloadable slide shows!

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, I helped legislators, staffers, and advocates get up to speed on what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the proposed Medicaid Expansion have to offer Texans.

Now that the Supreme Court and the presidential elections are over, the ACA is going forward as planned. Texans need to know what to expect as provisions in the law come online in the next 11 months. The presentation (click here to download) covers the law in a “greatest hits” format. Topics include the essential health benefits (EHBs), the health insurance marketplace (also known as the Exchange), new industry regulations, consumer protections, and more.

While most of the ACA is definitely moving forward nation-wide, one part of the law, the proposed Medicaid Expansion, is dependent upon state enrollment. Texas has the opportunity now to opt into the expanded Medicaid program, which would bring an additional 1.5 to 2 million uninsured Texans under health insurance coverage at almost no cost to the state of Texas. Our Medicaid Boot Camp PowerPoint presentation (click here to download) explains how the program works, how Texans stands to benefit both from a fiscal and a public health perspective. While my presentation does a good job of outlining the common sense nature of opting in to the Medicaid Expansion, perhaps nobody has presented the logic in such a compelling manner as Governor Jan Brewer (R-Arizona), in the following quote from her recent State of the State address. Though Governor Brewer initially resisted the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and in fact was one of the architects of the Supreme Court case, she has since come full circle, and explained her decision in the following way:

Gov. Brewer of Arizona

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.


  • Great Presentation. Earlier last year took a 10 week ACA course from the University of Pennsylvania.taught by
    Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD who apparently was a Doctor who participated in the design of the law. Was very informative and cleared up many questions I had. It’s not a great law, but it ranks up there with LBJ’s efforts to help Americans get health care. As a senior on Medicare I can use all the help I can get. Keep up the good wok.

    Jerry Miller 06.02.2013
  • This is great news: pro-Medicaid expansion endorsement from a prominent Republican governor, Jan Brewer. It’s no secret that Texas is the state with the largest number of uninsured–a staggering 27%. Studies show that no insurance is associated with a shorter life expectancy. Life expectancy in the USA is not particularly high for an advanced nation, undoubtedly the vast number of murders has a lot to do with this stat also.
    I’m glad to be on Medicaid as I suffer from COPD. For starters, my allergies to bermuda and Johnson Grass led to asthma in 1987; emphysema followed in 2005. I spent many years in jobs in which I accumulated full-time hours but didn’t get health insurance. On MLK Day 2012, I finally qualified for hernia surgery after four years of holding my waist when I coughed. I still contribute to society by writing scholarly material and hope to publish more of my Developmental English materials.

    J.D. Meyer 06.02.2013

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