By Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO
For approximately one-quarter of uninsured Texans, there has been a solution that state leaders could have adopted since 2014 — Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. While the state’s political leaders still refuse to embrace this straight-forward solution, there’s a new opportunity for coverage expansion in Texas.
Texas has the highest number (more than 5 million) and largest percentage (18.4 percent) of residents without health insurance. The problems caused by these high numbers are well-documented. Uninsured Texans who lack access to basic preventive and primary care have poorer health outcomes. Then, there’s the unsustainable financial pressure on health care providers and the shifting of costs of providing health care for the uninsured, often in expensive hospital settings, to those with insurance.