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New EHF Poll: Majority of Texans say having good medical care is not enough to live a healthy life

A majority of Texans think that having good medical care is not enough for a person to live a healthy life. Instead, Texans say non-medical factors like where you live, how much money you make, and how much stress you have are critical to your overall health. Those are just some of the results of Episcopal Health Foundation’s first-of-its-kind statewide survey on social determinants of health in Texas.

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New learning collaborative aims to find best ways for health plans to address underlying, non-medical causes of poor health for Medicaid patients in Texas

A group of health sector stakeholders has launched a new learning collaborative designed to help Texas Medicaid health insurance plans develop and implement strategies to address the non-medical, root causes of poor health for patients across the state. The 12-month project will focus on access to healthy food, housing conditions, transportation, and other social factors that often have a direct impact on a person’s health.

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New report: Large increase in number of community clinics in Harris County over the past decade leads to three times higher patient volume

The number of community clinics in Harris County providing primary care to low-income and uninsured patients has more than doubled in the past 10 years, which in turn has tripled patient volume. But difficulty connecting those patients with specialty care is a significant concern. Those are just a few of the conclusions of a new report that examines 10 years of community health clinic trends based on data and surveys from dozens of clinics across Houston and Harris County.

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New EHF report: Despite growing uncertainty, more than 1 million Texans enroll in Affordable Care Act health insurance for 2019

More than 1 million Texans enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance for 2019 despite ongoing uncertainty, a federal court ruling invalidating the law, and massive funding cuts for navigators to help consumers sign up for a plan. That’s 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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