Hopeful legislation could help address our Texas-sized surprise medical billing problem

Stacey Pogue

Surprise medical bills happen when insurers and doctors or other health care providers – fighting over prices – jointly pass the buck to a patient, who received out-of-network health care unknowingly. Texas technically has a “mediation” system for surprise medical bills but the hurdles patients must overcome just to get in the door, prevent most […]

Congress’ Latest ACA “Replacement” Plan Falls Far Short

Stacey Pogue

Congressional Republicans are reportedly adding to an initial plan to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or Obamacare), which will result in fewer people being able to afford insurance—especially low- and moderate-income individuals—and insurance plans that cover less. The plan certainly fails to live up to President Trump’s vow that the ACA replacement […]

New ACA Marketplace Rules, Good for Insurance Companies Bad for Consumers

Melissa McChesney

Early this month the Senate confirmed Dr. Tom Price, a former Congressman from Georgia, as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. During his confirmation hearing Price said he was committed to, “making certain that every single American has access to the kind of coverage that they want and has the financial feasibility to […]

New Report Shows Only a Tiny Fraction of Texas Patients Helped with Surprise Bills

Stacey Pogue

Today, we released a new report, video, and fact sheets on surprise medical bills. Surprise medical bills happen when insurers and doctors or other health care providers–fighting over prices– jointly pass the buck to a patient, who received out-of-network health care unknowingly. Surprise billing is especially common in an emergency–when sick or injured patients must […]

Groups Urge State Leaders to Protect Health Care for All Texans

Anne Dunkelberg

Earlier this month, leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to all governors and state insurance commissioners requesting input on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid. The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance sent a separate letter seeking similar input to members of the Republican Governor’s Association. As Congress […]

What’s Next for the Affordable Care Act?

Anne Dunkelberg

Given the results of the national election, we know that many people concerned with Texans’ access to quality health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are uncertain about the future availability of coverage. It’s too early to predict what policy changes Texas and the rest of the country might see, but here are some things […]

This Veterans Day, Let’s Look at How Many Vets Lack Health Care

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This post was written by Kamia Rathore and it’s our second post in our Countdown to Coverage series.  Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, the number of uninsured veterans has dropped nationally. This trend has filtered down to Texas, but our state still has about 72,000 veterans who lack insurance—meaning Texas has the highest […]

Help Uninsured Texans Go to the Capitol to Fight for Health Coverage

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This post is courtesy of Texas Well and Healthy. We’re excited to help launch a new campaign to give YOU another way to stand up for uninsured Texans! Right now in Texas, there are moms who have cancer but can’t get the treatment they need. Dads who can’t pay for their depression medication. Child care […]

Changes for Open Enrollment 2017: What You’ve Heard and What it Means

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This post was written by Stacey Pogue and Melissa McChesney and it’s the first post of several in our Countdown to Coverage series.  We’re kicking off our annual blog series leading into the fourth open enrollment, the period when people can up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. It’s important to first identify […]

Now look how many states have stopped surprise medical bills

Stacey Pogue

If you go to a hospital that is in your insurance company’s network, you can assume you’ll only get in-network medical bills, right? That is now true in four of the five largest U.S. states, but not here in Texas. This week California passed Assembly Bill 72, a strong bill that protects California patients from […]