Medicaid http://tpr.org en National Day Of Action Draws Hundreds To State Capitol http://tpr.org/post/national-day-action-draws-hundreds-state-capitol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of people from civil rights groups to teacher unions gather on this national day of action to issue a failing report card for Texas' state and federal lawmakers.</span></p><p>Over 300 people braved the freezing temperatures to let their voices be heard about how they dissatisfied with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and at the state capitol. The Texas State Teachers Association’s Clay Robinson said he would ask lawmakers to reconsider three key areas.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:57:29 +0000 Ryan Poppe 23150 at http://tpr.org National Day Of Action Draws Hundreds To State Capitol Study Says Texans Will Pay About $10 Billion For Other States To Expand Medicaid http://tpr.org/post/study-says-texans-will-pay-about-10-billion-other-states-expand-medicaid <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> While Gov. Rick Perry has continued his hard line on Medicaid expansion under the ACA, a new study finds that Texas taxpayers will end up paying billions for the other states that do. Never fear, it is now totally fine to say "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools. Also on this show: Amy Tan talks about the inspiration behind her new book, "The Valley of Amazement."</p><p><strong>Texas paying for other state's Medicaid expansion</strong></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:06:37 +0000 David Martin Davies 23115 at http://tpr.org Study Says Texans Will Pay About $10 Billion For Other States To Expand Medicaid A Few Hiccups And Glitches In Marketplace Enrollment http://tpr.org/post/few-hiccups-and-glitches-marketplace-enrollment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Technical difficulties with the Affordable Care Act&rsquo;s federal marketplace delayed some Texan&#39;s pursuit of <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/" target="_blank">signing up for health insurance</a>.</span></p><p>As expect by even the federal officials, the system did freeze from time to time some people were kicked off the network.</p><p>Stephanie Goodman with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services said they are concerned how these glitches affect their work load.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:35:34 +0000 Ryan Poppe 19580 at http://tpr.org A Few Hiccups And Glitches In Marketplace Enrollment Disability Rights Group Presses Speaker Boehner On ACA Provisions http://tpr.org/post/disability-rights-group-presses-speaker-boehner-aca-provisions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of 50 Texans in wheelchairs are among the crowd outside the Washington D.C. office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, protesting his stance on the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><a href="http://adaptoftexas.org/" target="_blank">ADAPT of Texas</a>&rsquo; Jennifer McPhail said their group is asking Boehner to support the reforms for long-term care for the disabled that are contained in the ACA.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:39:57 +0000 Ryan Poppe 19383 at http://tpr.org Disability Rights Group Presses Speaker Boehner On ACA Provisions The Cost Of Not Expanding Medicaid http://tpr.org/post/cost-not-expanding-medicaid <p></p><p>Texas Matters: A new study by the RAND corporation is examining the economic costs of states who do not expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Also in this episode: Texas voter turnout hits last in the nation in 2010, and how recovery efforts are going in West, Texas.</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:54:33 +0000 David Martin Davies 12782 at http://tpr.org The Cost Of Not Expanding Medicaid So What Does No-Plan Medicaid Expansion Look Like? http://tpr.org/post/so-what-does-no-plan-medicaid-expansion-look <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite a lack of direction from the Texas Legislature, the state’s leading doctor is optimistic about how Texas will function without having a plan to address Medicaid expansion. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:15:38 +0000 Ryan Poppe 12484 at http://tpr.org So What Does No-Plan Medicaid Expansion Look Like? Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions http://tpr.org/post/health-officials-decry-texas-snubbing-medicaid-billions The state of Texas is turning down billions of federal dollars that would have paid for health care coverage for 1.5 million poor Texans.<p>By refusing to participate in Medicaid expansion, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, the state will leave on the table an estimated $100 billion over the next decade.<p>Texas' share of the cost would have been just 7 percent of the total, but for Gov. Thu, 23 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 11916 at http://tpr.org Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions Protesters For Medicaid Expansion Disrupt Gov. Perry At Speaking Event http://tpr.org/post/protesters-medicaid-expansion-disrupt-gov-perry-speaking-event <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of protesters managed to infiltrate Gov. Rick Perry's speech announcing the latest bill that awards tax cuts for Texas small businesses.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Moments after the Senate gave the final passage of a bill awarding over $600 million in tax cuts for small businesses, Perry made the announcement at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:38:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 11873 at http://tpr.org Protesters For Medicaid Expansion Disrupt Gov. Perry At Speaking Event What Medical Options Are Left For Texas’ Working Poor? http://tpr.org/post/what-medical-options-are-left-texas-working-poor <p>Now that every opportunity for Medicaid expansion is gone at the state capitol, the lawmaker who authored the GOP plan, which eventually failed, explained what medical options are left for the state’s working poor.</p><p>Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, is a doctor and has seen first hand the problems the 1.5 million Texans without health insurance face when it comes to seeking medical care.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 18:14:28 +0000 Ryan Poppe 11746 at http://tpr.org What Medical Options Are Left For Texas’ Working Poor? Texas Medicaid Debate Complicated By Politics And Poverty http://tpr.org/post/texas-medicaid-debate-complicated-politics-and-poverty When the sun rises over the Rio Grande Valley, the cries of the <em>urracas</em> — blackbirds — perched on the tops of palm trees swell to a noisy, unavoidable cacophony. That is also the strategy, it could be said, that local officials, health care providers and frustrated valley residents are trying to use to persuade Gov. Tue, 21 May 2013 07:01:00 +0000 editor 11728 at http://tpr.org Texas Medicaid Debate Complicated By Politics And Poverty