The Call For Medicaid Expansion

Healthcare as a top issue for voters proved true in the 2018 election cycle and it's certainly true as we continue into this state legislative session as well.

Texas is one of 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 
An estimated 1.1 million Texans would be eligible for coverage under a Medicaid expansion, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Moreover, since 2013, Texas has seen the closure of some 19 hospitals in rural regions of the state. And Texas is a state which has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in the country.

For more, read: Voters in four states have approved Medicaid expansion by ballot. Will Texas do the same?

Consider these other facts:

• One in three Texans puts off getting the care they need because of the cost, a practice that often results in worsening conditions that require more expensive care.

• Texas hospitals, which cannot turn anyone away from the ER for inability to pay, deliver about $5.5 billion a year in uncompensated care — costs ultimately absorbed by taxpayers and insured people paying even higher premiums.

• Texas is paying for Medicaid expansions in other states — to the tune of $36.2 billion over a decade, more than any other state — while forfeiting $100 billion in federal money over that same decade that could pay for extending Medicaid to the working poor. Even among the 19 states joining Texas in the lawsuit challenging Obamacare, five have expanded Medicaid because there is an obvious financial benefit of doing so.

• Texas has received billions of dollars from the federal government under the Medicaid 1115 waiver program, which has buffered the state from feeling some of the pain of its high uninsured rate by covering some uncompensated care and supporting other community health programs. That funding is set to expire by 2022.

More on that here: Listen to Texans and expand Medicaid coverage

ACTION for 2/25/2019:

Take time to write your Texas representative today and voice support for legislation that addresses Medicaid expansion! Tell them we support legislation that lets Texas voters decide!

Sample letter script: 
The quality of life issue when it comes to expanding Medicaid should be above partisan divides. 64 percent of Texans support expanding Medicaid because they want to have access to necessary care for their families and their communities. I urge you to support legislation that addresses this need and lets Texas voters make the call when it comes to Medicaid expansion.

Some of the Medicaid focused bills filed so far that you can mention in your personalized letter: 
HB 590
HJR 40 
HB 840
HJR 46 
HB 565
HB 816
SB 327

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