In front of hundreds of faith-based health care navigators in Dallas, President Barack Obama started his speech by citing different ways the Affordable Care Act is helping working families still recovering from the recession.
The president said Texas’ uninsured rate is the highest in the country, which would make the state biggest beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act if state leaders would sign on for Medicaid expansion.
President Barack Obama is stopping in Dallas today, and while there will do what he can to convince Gov. Rick Perry to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Perry's office said no official meeting or phone call has been scheduled and that the president will be using podiums and teleprompters to convince the governor.
"According to what the White House is saying, he is going to try to make the case to try to convince Texas leadership to embrace Obamacare and expand Medicaid," said Josh Havens with the governor's office.
The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed expanding Interstate 35 east of San Antonio by constructing 15 miles of elevated lanes that would also be tolls according to a presentation they made Monday night in the city of Schertz.
A group of nonprofits and healthcare advocates are holding a large statewide outreach and education program with a goal of getting Texans signed up in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
The Texas Organizing Project is holding a weekly event that kicks off this week in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.
"We really talk about what are the benefits of the affordable care act, what options they have, what options their family might have, is there financial assistance, and a little bit of health insurance 101," said Tiffany Hogue with the Texas Organizing Project.
More than 200 health care professionals attended the the 9th Annual Health Literacy Conference in San Antonio Friday, where Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said the community benefits as a whole if clients in all demographics better understand how to take care of their health.
Conference chair Jennifer Cook said much of the issue is about feedback, but with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, everyone benefits if health care workers make sure the underserved understand what’s available to them.
There are new websites going live every day to help people understand how the Affordable Care Act, which is over 2,000 pages long, actually applies to their individual situation.
Healthcare.gov, which is the official website for all things ACA and the website where you can go to sign up, has only been up since the end of June. It is, for all intents and purposes, as comprehensive as you can get with the new health care law.