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.

Texas Obamacare legacy

Texas Obamacare Decision Coming Soon

Texas Obamacare lawsuit could turn healthcare coverage into a lump of coal this holiday season with millions of people losing their healthcare....

Konni Burton fails Texas women

When it comes to priorities, Burton’s made it clear that she’s a senator for insurers, not for her constituents.

Texas Attorney General Sues Biden Administration Over Medicaid Waiver

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s latest frivolous lawsuit is directed at the Biden administration.  Paxton’s lawsuit demands the federal...

“The Least of These”: Matt Shaheen and the Legislators Who Fail to Help Texans

Shaheen and several of his Dallas area colleagues opposed the insurance mandate for mental health services, as well as speech and hearing disability assistance.

Majority of SCOTUS May Not Side with Paxton on Abolishing Obamacare

A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court  seemed to suggest on Tuesday that they are unlikely to side with the State of...

Texas Medicaid Expansion Stalls After Lack of Speaker Support

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The Rate of Stillbirths in Texas and Reasons Why Stillbirths Happen

A baby dies every 16 seconds, according to a new report on stillbirths released by the World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s...

A State of Need: Texas' struggles with mental healthcare

North Texas is in the throes of a “behavioral health crisis,” according to local health care professionals. Since December 2017, the closure...

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...

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

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