Texas Medicaid Expansion and Coverage Gap Estimates Need Some Updating

We get a lot of “numbers” questions: about uninsured Texans, and Texas Medicaid, and about how many could get covered if our state accepted federal dollars allocated to cover our low-income adults.  One challenge is that the numbers keep changing over time.  This blog post launches our latest updated estimates of the number of uninsured […]

NEW FACT SHEET:  Most Texas Adults with Serious and Chronic Illnesses Do Not Qualify for Medicaid

Anne Dunkelberg

Texas Medicaid rules strictly limit which adults can get health coverage, and most adults who can work are ineligible. Most parents whose children get Medicaid cannot get Medicaid themselves (3 million Texas children but fewer than 148,000 parents covered in February 2016). Many Texas adults with serious illnesses and complex chronic conditions (e.g., cancer, MS) […]

Healthy moms, healthy babies

Jennifer Lee

When any family is expecting a new baby, the first hope is that the baby is born healthy. Unfortunately several of Texas’ key indicators show that not all children have the same likelihood of reaching these milestones or celebrating their first birthday. This week we’re heading to Fort Worth to release our State of Texas […]

San Antonio Kids: A Glimpse at Texas’ Future

Jennifer Lee

San Antonio has a rich history that illuminates much of the great cultural diversity of Texas’ past, while giving us a peek into the state’s future. Children living in the eight-county San Antonio metro area are 64 percent Hispanic, 25 percent White, 6 percent Black and 4 percent Asian, multiracial or some other race, which […]

1.3 Million Texans Signed Up For Marketplace Coverage

Melissa McChesney

In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final report for the 2016 open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This year enrollment in the Marketplace continued to grow with 1.3 million Texans selecting health plans in the Marketplace, 48 percent of […]

Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills May 4

Stacey Pogue

On May 4 at 9 a.m. the Senate Business and Commerce Committee will hold an interim hearing to monitor implementation of SB 481 from the 2015 session intended to help protect consumers from surprise medical bills. SB 481 was an important step in the right direction, allowing more Texas consumers to challenge surprise medical bills. […]

Maintaining Health Care Status Quo “Not in the Cards” for Texas

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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 […]

“1332 Waivers”: Opportunities for Innovation in Healthcare Coverage with Protections for Consumers

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Although the ACA expands health insurance coverage through Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace, it does not limit states to using only those two options in the future. Starting in 2017, states can seek federal approval of “1332 waivers” (or State Innovation Waivers) that allow states to waive key portions of the Affordable Care Act […]

Expanding Opportunity for Every Texas Child

Ann Beeson

As a young girl growing up in Dallas, I remember being glued to the television, awestruck as we watched the first man walk on the moon. I was amazed by that remarkable human achievement, and proud that Americans had come together to solve a challenge many thought was impossible. As a parent, I’ve toured NASA […]

ACA 6th Anniversary: Good Riddance!

Stacey Pogue

As we reflect on the Affordable Care Act on its 6th anniversary this week, it is easy to point to great new things ushered in by the law – like insurance coverage for 20 million previously uninsured Americans and the largest one-year drop in Texas’ uninsured rate to date. With so much focus on what […]