Texas Medicaid Expansion

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Texas Medicaid Expansion The health care reform debate between 2008 and 2010 led to the passage of Patient Protection and Affordable Act. It was reminiscent of opportunities for reform that have occurred on a cyclical basis throughout American history. These opportunities occurred most notably in the presidential administrations of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and William J. Clinton. (Rich, Cheung, Lurvey, 79). We have to look at recent opportunities that have expanded today. On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, putting in place comprehensive reforms that improve access to affordable health coverage for everyone and protect consumers from…show more content…
( Health care needs of Texans do not simply go away because individuals do not have insurance coverage. For those uninsured, it leads to higher private insurance premiums and local taxes to cover the cost of providing uncompensated care. Also by rejecting the Medicaid expansion community-based providers, including hospitals are casualties. Hospitals will continue to provide care to the uninsured without sufficient compensation, increasing shift costs to the privately insured. This also has a chilling effect on enrollment in private insurance plans through the new federally facilitated marketplace. Opposing the Medicaid expansion also ignores the real needs of the uninsured and the massive financial burden shouldered not only by the hospitals but taxpayers and businesses. (Stultz, 27) If Texas expands Medicaid coverage, the largest number of newly eligible Texas would be adults without children. Currently, these individuals are not covered under Medicaid. In addition, parents who have incomes at or below 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL), up from 12% previously. With a 90% federal reimbursement rate going forward, for every $10 of health care services obtained under the program, the State pays $1 and the federal funds pay the other $9. It is estimated that the State would contribute about 15.6 billion, while the federal
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