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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.

Pathways to Improving Maternal Health in Texas Emerging

Too many Texas women face poor pregnancy outcomes, especially women of color, but with the 2021 legislative session just around the corner,...

Tony Tinderholt puts Texas children's health at risk

If the people Tinderholt is supposed to represent can’t trust him to do that, what can they trust him to do?
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...

Medicaid Expansion Gets First Committee Hearing in 6 Years

AUSTIN TX -  On Tuesday, the Texas House Committee on Insurance heard testimony on Medicaid expansion, the first formal committee hearing the policy received...

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.

The American Rescue Plan Sweetens the Deal on Medicaid Expansion in Texas

While much has been written about the direct cash assistance in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package, The American Rescue Plan Act...

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.

Gov. Abbott Says Texas has Ample Hospital Capacity for COVID-19

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations setting new records almost daily, Gov. Greg Abbott tried Tuesday to allay growing concerns that the situation...

Teens are Struggling. Here Are Ways to Help Them Cope

Teenagers have had their schedules and routines, friendships and other relationships upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The types of...

Three Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Coronavirus Mental Health Crisis

While Texans are homebound and social distancing has us on high alert, our mental health is also at risk. While we turn...

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