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 children health insurance

Red tape keeping Texas children off health insurance

Texas continues to have the highest rate of children without health insurance. A recently released report from Georgetown University McCourt School of...

Valoree Swanson is putting Texas children at risk

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One in four Texas women are uninsured

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COVID-19 Vaccine

Study Finds That COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe for Pregnant and Lactating Moms

Pregnant women were excluded from clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine, therefore, there has been limited data around the safety of the...

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Single-Handedly Delays Coronavirus Relief Bill

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) single handedly delays the House from passing the coronavirus relief bill from moving to the Senate. 

Texas Anti-Vaxxers Oppose COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Texans for Vaccine Choice has launched a campaign against contact tracing initiatives in Texas. The group is concerned about medical information they...

Dennis Paul Puts Texas Families At Risk

Dennis Paul chooses special interest endorsements over the health and well being of Texas children.

Study Shows the Texas Hospital With the Highest Rate of Surgical Intervention During Birth

A recent study made by the San Antonio Express-News and data journalist Christian McDonald from the University of Texas found that Doctors...

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