Medicaid

Government
5:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

National Day Of Action Draws Hundreds To State Capitol

Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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.

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Texas Matters
3:06 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Study Says Texans Will Pay About $10 Billion For Other States To Expand Medicaid

Millions of Texans who may have qualified under Medicaid expansion will have to fend for themselves in the ACA marketplace.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: 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."

Texas paying for other state's Medicaid expansion

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Affordable Care Act In Texas
2:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

A Few Hiccups And Glitches In Marketplace Enrollment

Healthcare.gov
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Technical difficulties with the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace delayed some Texan's pursuit of signing up for health insurance.

As expect by even the federal officials, the system did freeze from time to time some people were kicked off the network.

Stephanie Goodman with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services said they are concerned how these glitches affect their work load.

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Affordable Care Act
2:39 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Disability Rights Group Presses Speaker Boehner On ACA Provisions

All eyes are on the capitol in Washington D.C. to see if Congress can prevent a federal shutdown.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

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.

ADAPT of Texas’ 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.

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Texas Matters
2:54 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The Cost Of Not Expanding Medicaid

The 83rd Texas Legislature could not reach an agreement on Medicaid expansion this session.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

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Medicaid Expansion
12:15 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

So What Does No-Plan Medicaid Expansion Look Like?

Gov. Rick Perry has maintained a strong stance opposing the federal expansion plan.
rickperry.org

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.  

Dr. Kyle Janek is the commissioner for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and will be the chief negotiator when the state begins discussions with federal government on whether to extend Texas a waiver and award the state a block grant to start a state-run form of Medicaid.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions

Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the opening session of the Texas Legislature in Austin earlier this year.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:23 pm

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.

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.

Texas' share of the cost would have been just 7 percent of the total, but for Gov. Rick Perry and the state's Republican-dominated Legislature, even $1 in the name of "Obamacare" was a dollar too much.

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Medicaid Expansion
9:38 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Protesters For Medicaid Expansion Disrupt Gov. Perry At Speaking Event

Gov. Perry speaks at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Ryan Poppe TPR

A group of protesters managed to infiltrate Gov. Rick Perry's speech announcing the latest bill that awards tax cuts for Texas small businesses. 

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.

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Medicaid Expansion
1:14 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

What Medical Options Are Left For Texas’ Working Poor?

Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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.

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Health News
2:01 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Texas Medicaid Debate Complicated By Politics And Poverty

Protesters march on the Texas Capitol in Austin on March 5, demanding that lawmakers expand Medicaid to include an additional 1.5 million poor people.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 7:08 am

When the sun rises over the Rio Grande Valley, the cries of the urracas — 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. Rick Perry and state Republican lawmakers to set aside their opposition and expand Medicaid, a key provision of the federal health law.

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