A new study shows that Texans with private health insurance will pay 9.3 percent more than their current rate because of the decision by lawmakers and Gov. Rick Perry to opt out of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Carter Price is with the Rand Corporation, the group commissioned by U.S. Health and Human Services to the study the issue. He said the group that would’ve been covered by Medicaid expansion is typically not as healthy as those with access to insurance.
Texas Matters: The struggle over the State of Texas' voter ID law is being taken up by everyone from Washington D.C. to Dallas County Commissioners Court. Also on this show: Sen. Ted Cruz talks about defunding the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Perry may or may not be interested in an ACA-created program, and TxDOT is waiting to turn South Texas roads into gravel.
Of the $10.8 million given to Texas groups by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Affordable Care Act's "navigator" program, the Texas chapter of Migrant Health Promotion received over $580,000.
The group will be promoting healthcare solutions to the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in South Texas.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is joining another group of attorneys general to take issue with the selection process in the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.
Over the next few months the federal government is set to spend millions of dollars hiring people labeled "navigators," who are tasked with helping people get signed up and "navigate" Affordable Care Act.
Texas Matters: With the visit of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Texas this week, key figures for and against the new health care bill are sounding off across the state. Even as the law continues to roll out, small business owners are still unsure about how they will handle employee health care. Also on this episode: A look at self-policing in the Houston Police Department.
Gov. Rick Perry welcomed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to Texas today by issuing a statement saying he will fight the Affordable Care Act from being implemented in the state.
"With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well."
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be visiting the Alamo City this week, joining the City of San Antonio to provide more information about the Affordable Care Act.
Sebelius will speak Thursday evening when Trinity University and the Metropolitan Health District host a public event to offer information about the new health care act, much of which takes effect in the next year.
The city previously hosted Sebelius when it unveiled the Por Vida Health Campaign, an ongoing city-wide marketing campaign to get restaurants to offer healthy choices.
*The initial publishing of this story incorrectly spelled Tom Pauken's name as Tom Paukin.
Texas Matters: The proposal to carry out a "border surge" as part of Congress' immigration overhaul could turn areas of Texas along the Mexico border into a militarized zone. Also on this episode: Texas and the Affordable Care Act, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken, and Kolten Parker, a reporter in the San Antonio Express-News Austin bureau, talks about DPS and jars of feces.
Ahead of the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act on March 23rd 2012, House Democratic Leaders held a press conference to highlight the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for America’s families and small businesses.
The Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, has a looming October 1 deadline on several aspects of the law. The employer mandate was recently delayed a year, so will the health insurance exchanges also be pushed back?