Healthcare

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.

It is Still Not Safe to Give Birth in Texas

The Lone Star State ranks among the worst states for maternal mortality and low overall for women’s health. Since 2016, the state of Texas has seen a 9 percent increase in the rate of maternal deaths, with the current rate standing at 34.2 per 100,000 live births.

Federal Judge in Fort Worth Strikes Down Obamacare

Late Friday, Dec. 14th, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Fort Worth ruled the “individual mandate” provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional, effectively invalidating the landmark healthcare legislation.

After an Election where Medicaid Expansion Won Across the Country, Where Does Texas Go?

We all know the saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas.”  Unfortunately, bigger doesn’t always mean better. Texas leads America in the number of uninsured Americans, and in particular, we have the most uninsured children in the United States.

Appeals Court Rules Austin Sick Leave Ordinance Unconstitutional

They City of Austin's paid sick leave ordinance was ruled as in violation of the Texas Constitution.

Without the Affordable Care Act, Texas children may miss life-saving health care

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” Mahatma Gandhi. Thousands of children across this country...

Will Cynthia Flores choose special interest cash over Texans' health?

Texas women need legislators to invest in maternal health, and expand state health services, not protect insurance companies and private healthcare interests.

Jonathan Boos jeopardizes Texas children's health

Instead of safeguarding the health of Texans, Jonathan Boos has ignored the proven benefits of vaccinations.

Jose M. Lozano opposes health care coverage for Texans

Health care for more Texans could bring more business to the state too. Politicians like Lozano vote against the Medicaid expansion however and continue to deny millions of Texans health insurance.

Lisa Luby Ryan is a risk to public health

Lisa Luby Ryan wants to serve in the Texas Legislature. She has a responsibility to protect public health. How can we trust her to do that?

Linda Koop: Opposes health care coverage for Texans

Over the course of her tenure in the Legislature, State Representative Linda Koop (R-Dallas) has been a consistent force and contributor toward Texans not having health care.

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