Make your voice heard on expanding health coverage in Texas

Texans have a critical opportunity to urge Texas to expand Medicaid. 

From May 28 to June 28, Texas is taking public comment on the use of Medicaid dollars in our state. The state’s current proposal asks for a federal Medicaid 1115 waiver that would provide funding to help cover safety-net hospitals and mental health providers that treat uninsured patients.

These dollars are crucial, but they are not a substitute for health care coverage.

For Texans like Amber, a student at the University of Houston, the difference between a Medicaid waiver and expanded health insurance coverage is HUGE.  Click to read her real-life example to learn more about the large differences between the two options.

Texans deserve health insurance coverage, not just emergency care. They deserve regular check-ups, ongoing treatment for chronic illnesses like asthma, and affordable access to medication. And when emergencies do arise, they need access to follow up care.

Join EHF in calling on Texas leaders to include expanded health insurance coverage in the public comment process. Every comment will become part of Texas’ official application for Medicaid funding.

What you can do

Send written comments via email

You can submit written comments by June 28 to let Texas Health and Human Services know that while funding for uncompensated care is needed, it does not replace expanded Medicaid health insurance coverage that would provide affordable preventive and primary care to low-income Texans.

Email your comments to TX_Medicaid_Waivers@hhsc.state.tx.us

Speak at a hearing

If you want to testify at a hearing, we encourage you to register in advance as “neutral” on the proposal. There are two remaining hearings in June.

June 10 (Virtual)
9am
Held with the Medical Care Advisory Committee
Register to testify or listen
June 15 (Austin)
10am – 1pm
Health and Human Services Commission
Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room
4900 North Lamar Blvd
Register for in-person or virtual testimony

Learn about more about the Medicaid 1115 Waiver extension request at https://www.hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/policies-rules/waivers/waiver-renewal