The Uninsured & the ACA in Texas
EHF's research has become a leading resource looking into the uninsured in Texas and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act across the state. Along with revealing key characteristics of Texans without health insurance, these reports work to inform the policies and practices needed to assist Texans in getting health insurance coverage.
New EHF report: Despite improvements under the Affordable Care Act, Texas still ranks worst in US for “access and affordability” of care
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.
The state’s rock-bottom ranking in access and affordability is likely due to the state’s high number and percentage of uninsured residents. The Scorecard found 23% of adult Texans and 10% of children across the state don’t have health insurance. That’s almost twice the national average for both. In addition, the Scorecard found a higher percentage of Texans were more likely to go without care and say they had high out-of-pocket medical costs than the national average.
New report: Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers in Texas highlight concerns about proposed replacement plan in Congress
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.
More than 1.2 million Texans are currently enrolled in ACA health insurance plans. However, the 2017 enrollment numbers combined with consistent data throughout each ACA enrollment period highlight concerns that major groups of Texans will not fare well under the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), EHF’s analysis found.
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. 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.
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 EHF analysis of ACA health insurance enrollment data since 2013.
Read the complete report, including county-by-county ACA marketplace enrollment data for all Texas counties
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EHF'S PARTNERSHIP WITH RICE UNIVERSITY'S BAKER INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY
EHF also partners with Rice University's Baker Institute to publish important research studies examining the true impact of the Affordable Care Act in Texas.
These on-going, comprehensive reports have become some of the leading sources of information on the ACA and the plight of Texas' uninsured. News outlets across Texas and the nation have reported on these studies more than 100 times.
The EHF-Baker Institute reports use Texas-specific survey information from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS). HRMS is based on a national project that provides timely information on implementation issues under the ACA and changes in health insurance coverage and related health outcomes. The surveys are developed by the Urban Institute, conducted by the company GfK and jointly funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Urban Institute.
Below you’ll find our most recent reports using the HRMS-Texas surveys.