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Texas has the highest uninsured rate of children, adults, and women in the country. Reform Austin is committed to providing in-depth reporting to illuminate the critical issues and challenges Texans are facing in healthcare.
Texas is one of 14 states that refuses to expand Medicaid coverage. Almost 10 years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Texas still ranks last when it comes to affordability and access.
Additionally, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act could cost 1.73 million people healthcare coverage. Texas is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Texas still ranks among the worst for maternal mortality and low overall for women’s health. One in four Texas women are uninsured. Currently, women can obtain maternity Medicaid coverage until 2 months after childbirth. Advocates have argued that the coverage length is insufficient, and to address the maternal mortality crisis, coverage should be expanded to one year. Though Medicaid expansion would have made the biggest stride in improving women’s health, the policy did not get beyond a committee hearing or House floor vote in the 86th Legislative Session.
Approximately 875,000 Texas children do not have health insurance. From 2016 to 2018, the percentage of uninsured children rose from 10.7 percent to 11.2 percent. In Texas, once a child is approved for Medicaid they are covered for six months. After the six-month period, the state requires parents to file income updates monthly to continue the coverage. If the state determines there is a problem, parents are given 10 days to respond with necessary paperwork. This has led to many children being removed from the Medicaid roles, despite still qualifying for the program.
Reform Austin covers access to healthcare, healthcare quality, mental health, public health programs, and vaccinations. We report on laws the Texas Legislature passes and the effects they have on the healthcare system, as well as the laws that fail. In addition, we report on lawmakers involved to ensure our elected leaders are working for the public good.

Infant Mortality Spikes After Texas Abortion Ban

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National Spotlight on Texas as Base ICU Hospital Bed Capacity Reaches 100% in Places

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Advocates Rally for Medicaid Expansion at the Capitol

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Lack of Testing Creates Incomplete Picture of Pandemic in Texas

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is going up daily, but the numbers being reported may not provide a true picture of how many...

Texas is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans

The Texas Department of State Health Services’ Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response met in Austin on Monday to begin discussions on...
Texas Supreme Court on Jan. 15, 2020. Photo credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Rejecting appeal, Texas Supreme Court blocks Austin’s paid sick leave ordinance

The high court let stand a lower court's ruling that Austin's paid sick leave ordinance is unconstitutional because it conflicts with the Texas Minimum Wage Act.

Private Practice Doctors Are In Trouble Amidst Coronavirus Lockdowns

Medical professionals are warning healthy individuals to stay home and out of emergency rooms if they can. But an unexpected effect of that advice...

Number of uninsured Texas children increases for the third year in a row

Texas continues to struggle to provide healthcare access to its population. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the number of uninsured...
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Good Bill Hunting: Fertility Bill Will Extend the Statute of Limitations On Fertility Fraud

Good Bill Hunting is a weekly series during the legislative session where RA News will look at a bill or piece of legislation that...

Dobbs’s Decision Had Adverse Effect On Maternal Health, Survey Shows

In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade and removed the federal protection to the right to an abortion, a...
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