Health Care Reform/Coverage
Affordable, accessible health insurance coverage is critical for Texans’ health and quality of life. Federal health care reform provides coverage for 4.1 million uninsured Texans, and makes sweeping changes to the insurance industry. However, states will play an important role in delivering access to health care coverage. Keep track of insurance reform efforts, managed care issues and more.
- State’s Inaction on Coverage for the Working Poor Has Consequences for Uninsured, Taxpayers, Hospitals
Action Alert: Building Hospital-Navigator Partnerships (Sept. 6, 2013)
While Texas legislators have worked to limit the reach and scope of the Affordable Care Act in Texas, a number of laws were proposed, and some passed, in the 83rd Texas Legislature that guide implementation of certain aspects of the federal health care reform. Read More
Medicaid Expansion and HB 3791: Texas has the highest rate of uninsured in the country, causing cost-shifting through higher premiums and local tax rates to cover the costs of care. Read more
SB 1795, by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin), establishment of a navigator program to assist consumers who are seeking coverage under the federally operated health insurance exchange. Read more
SB 1367, by Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock), establishes a process for dissolution of the Texas Health Insurance Pool. Read more
None at this time.