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New report: Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers in Texas highlight concerns about proposed replacement plan in Congress

March 21, 2017
Texans who are enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance for 2017 are more likely to be older, have low to moderate incomes, and receive significant financial assistance to buy plans. Those are some of the conclusions of an EHF analysis of new ACA health insurance enrollment data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services combined with data from previous ACA enrollment periods.

New report outlines growing health crisis facing rural counties in Texas

March 10, 2017
Changing demographics, rural hospital closures and uncertainly about changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are all taking a damaging toll on the ability of Texas rural populations to access health services. Those are some of the findings of a new report by the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) examining the current crisis facing rural healthcare across the state. EHF sponsored the report.

EHF invests $3.2 million to help nonprofits have a bigger, long-lasting impact on health of Texans

January 11, 2017
EHF has approved $3.2 million to benefit 17 new grant partners working to take an active role in solving the underlying cause of poor health for Texans. With these latest grants, EHF’s Board of Directors awarded a total of 122 grants in 2016 worth more than $16.2 million to organizations working across 57 Texas counties to improve health for the poor and those with the least resources.

New report: Preventable poor health outcomes for people of color in Texas creates huge economic burden for state

December 7, 2016
Significant health differences for Blacks and Hispanics in Texas lead to higher health care spending, lost work productivity and a dramatic number of years lost to premature death. That’s just a few of the findings of a new study examining the economic burden associated with health disparities across the state. EHF and Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas sponsored the report.

EHF joins the national BUILD Health Challenge

November 29, 2016
EHF has joined the BUILD Health Challenge to offer regional funding for the national awards program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy.

EHF report published in American Journal of Public Health shows 1 million Texans gain health coverage due to ACA

November 18, 2016
Texas has experienced a roughly 6 percentage-point increase in health insurance coverage from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to new research by experts at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF). This translates into just under 1 million Texans who have gained coverage due to President Barack Obama's health care law. The new findings published in the American Journal of Public Health examined the effects of the ACA’s Marketplace on Texas residents and determined which population subgroups benefited the most and the least.

New report: Increasing access to specialty care, adding mental health services & expanding Medicaid top concerns of safety-net clinics in Harris County

October 31, 2016
Community clinics in Harris County have greatly expanded their services and ability to be a safety net for uninsured and low-income patients, but clinics have serious concerns about enhancing services to better meet the broader needs of those they serve. That’s just one of the conclusions of a new, comprehensive report that surveyed dozens of clinics across Houston and Harris County.

New EHF report: More than one million Texans may be eligible NOW for health insurance, tax credits under Affordable Care Act

October 13, 2016
When open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace begins November 1, more than one million uninsured Texans may be eligible for federal tax credits that could help them buy health plans. That’s just one of the conclusions of a new Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) analysis of ACA health insurance enrollment data since 2013.

EHF invests $4 million to strengthen the health system for poorest Texans

October 6, 2016
EHF has approved $4 million in September to benefit 18 grant partners working to strengthen the health system across Texas for the poor and those with the least resources. EHF’s Board of Directors has now awarded more than $13 million in grants in 2016 to organizations working across 57 Texas counties to improve health.

New EHF report: Almost two-thirds of Texans have stable health insurance

October 5, 2016
Almost two-thirds of Texans ages 18 to 64 stayed insured with health care coverage during the past 12 months, according to a new report released by EHF and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

EHF CEO Elena Marks discusses uninsured Hispanics in Texas on ABC13 in Houston

September 22, 2016
In an appearance on Viva Houston, Elena Marks talks about new EHF research that shows while the uninsured rate of Hispanic Texans has dropped 30% since the Affordable Care Act took effect, one-third of Hispanics still don't have health insurance in Texas.

New EHF report: Rate of uninsured young adults drops by more than one-third in Texas

August 23, 2016
The percentage of young adults ages 18 to 34 in Texas without health insurance has dropped by 35 percent since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, according to a new report released by EHF and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

New EHF report: Nearly a third of Hispanics in Texas don't have health insurance

July 14, 2016
The percentage of Hispanics in Texas without health insurance has dropped by 30 percent since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, but almost one-third of Hispanic Texans ages 18 to 64 remain uninsured. That’s one of the conclusions of a new report released by EHF and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Chicago Housing executive named new CFO

July 5, 2016
Linda Riley Mitchell has been named the new Chief Financial Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the Episcopal Health Foundation, the Diocese announced today.

EHF invests in 19 new grant partners to engage communities to take charge of their own health

June 23, 2016
EHF approved $4.3 million in June to benefit 19 grant partners to empower Texas communities to make a positive change in their own health. EHF’s Board of Directors has now awarded $6.7 million in grants in 2016 to organizations working across 57 Texas counties.

New evidence shows Affordable Care Act is working in Texas

May 31, 2016
The percentage of Texans without health insurance has dropped by 30 percent since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, cutting the state’s uninsured rate below 1999 levels. That’s one of the conclusions of a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

New EHF report: Insured Texans lack clear understanding of their health insurance plans

March 23, 2016
Texans who bought their own health insurance were less likely to understand basic terms and how to use their plans compared with those who have Medicare, Medicaid or employee-sponsored health insurance. That’s one of the findings of a new report released by EHF and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Update: Texas takeaways from 2015 ACA enrollment

March 17, 2016
Close to half of Texas enrollees who participated in the 2015 open enrollment of Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace plans are new enrollees. Texas enrollees are also more likely to receive federal subsidies and live in urban areas. That’s according to an Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) analysis of state-by-state statistics released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

New EHF report shows 25% of Texans say they don't understand basic health insurance terms

March 8, 2016
Approximately 25 percent of Texans say they lack confidence in understanding some of the most basic terminology about health insurance plans, according to a new report released by Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) and the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. The report found uninsured, low-income and Hispanic Texans were least likely to understand health-plan terms like “premium,” “co-payment” and “provider network.”