The Uninsured & the ACA in Texas

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More than 1 million Texans activated their 2018 Affordable Care Act health insurance

July 24, 2018
More than 1 million Texans activated their 2018 Affordable Care Act health insurance
Despite initial reports showing a drop in enrollment numbers, more than 1 million Texans have activated their Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance in 2018 – a 5 percent increase from 2017. That’s just one of the findings of an Episcopal Health Foundation analysis of new ACA health insurance enrollment data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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New Poll: Affording health care tops Texans’ financial concerns; Almost 4 in 10 report problems paying medical bills

July 10, 2018
New Poll: Affording health care tops Texans’ financial concerns; Almost 4 in 10 report problems paying medical bills
Affording health care ranks at the top of Texans’ financial concerns, with more than half (55%) say it is difficult for them and their families to afford health care, including a quarter (25%) who say it is “very difficult,” finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation poll of Texas residents.

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EHF/KFF Poll: Texans’ Top State Health Priorities Include Lowering Out-of-Pocket Costs and Reducing Maternal Mortality

June 14, 2018
EHF/KFF Poll: Texans’ Top State Health Priorities Include Lowering Out-of-Pocket Costs and Reducing Maternal Mortality
Texans’ top health care priorities for the state revolve around making health care and prescription drugs more affordable, reducing maternal mortality and increasing access to health insurance coverage, finds a new statewide Episcopal Health Foundation/Kaiser Family Foundation survey on Texas health policy issues.

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Despite ongoing uncertainty and shorter enrollment period, more than 1.1 million Texans enroll in Affordable Care Act health insurance for 2018

April 16, 2018
Despite ongoing uncertainty and shorter enrollment period, more than 1.1 million Texans enroll in Affordable Care Act health insurance for 2018
More than 1.1 million Texans enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance for 2018 despite ongoing uncertainty, numerous Congressional efforts to repeal the law, and a drastically shortened enrollment period. That’s just one of the findings of an Episcopal Health Foundation (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.

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New EHF report: Despite improvements under the Affordable Care Act, Texas still ranks worst in US for "access and affordability" of care

July 31, 2017
New EHF report: Despite improvements under the Affordable Care Act, Texas still ranks worst in US for
Despite large gains in the number of Texans with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the state still ranks worst in the nation when it comes to access and affordability of care. That’s according to EHF’s analysis of the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance for 2017.

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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.

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

March 1, 2017
EHF report published in American Journal of Public Health shows 1 million Texans gain health insurance coverage due to ACA
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 EHF and the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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A Closer Look at ACA Marketplace Enrollment in Texas, Oct 2013-Feb 2016: Key Highlights and Future Implications

October 31, 2016
A Closer Look at ACA Marketplace Enrollment in Texas, Oct 2013-Feb 2016: Key Highlights and Future Implications
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.

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

October 4, 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 today by EHF and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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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.

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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.

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New evidence shows Affordable Care Act is working in Texas

July 1, 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.

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

April 21, 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.

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

March 9, 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.”

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New report: Most uninsured Texans say cost of health insurance too high

January 27, 2016
Almost 70 percent of uninsured Texans said the high cost of health insurance is the reason they remain uninsured, according to a new report released EHF and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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New report shows fewer Texans have problems paying medical bills

January 6, 2016
Fewer Texans say they have problems paying their medical bills in 2015 compared to 2013, according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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New report shows gains in health insurance across Texas fall behind rest of US

December 16, 2015
The rate of adults without health insurance across the U.S. dropped nearly twice as much as in Texas from 2013 to 2015, according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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New report shows more Texas workers getting health insurance from employers

October 7, 2015
A larger percentage of Texas workers are getting health insurance through their employers now than before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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New report shows uninsured Texans are twice as likely to delay seeking primary care, mental health care

August 19, 2015
Texans without health insurance are twice as likely to skip seeking primary and mental health care because of cost. That’s one of the findings of a new survey released by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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New report: Texas’ uninsured population remains predominantly Hispanic, middle-aged, under-educated and poor

July 29, 2015
Texas' uninsured population remains primarily Hispanic, middle-aged, with low incomes and without a college degree, according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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