Affordable, accessible health insurance coverage is critical for Texans’ health and quality of life. Federal health care reform through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 1) gives states the option to expand their Medicaid programs to cover all adults with incomes less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level and 2) provides a marketplace and tax credits for uninsured individuals to purchase private health insurance. Although Texas has chosen not to expand Medicaid, THA has advocated for a “Texas Way” style solution to covering low-wage working Texans through an alternative private health care arrangement. Read more here. THA and its member hospitals also are instrumental in enrolling eligible Texans through the health insurance marketplace. Read more about the most recent outreach and enrollment effort, Insure Health. Insure Texas here.
THA TakeAways: Setting the Record Straight on Medicaid (March 2015)
THA Takeaways: Achieving Goals of Health Care Reform Requires Consumers to Use Coverage Appropriately and Effectively (July 2014)
State's Inaction on Coverage for the Working Poor Has Consequences for Uninsured, Taxpayers, Hospitals
Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility Hospital Toolkit from Enroll America
Consumer Assistance in the New Health Insurance Marketplace: What Texas Hospitals Need to Know
CMS confirms states may drop expanded Medicaid coverage at any time without financial penalty (June 13, 2013)
John Hawkins, 512/465-1505