Texas Parents Find Access to Medicaid Without Expansion

Texas' Republican leadership made sure the state didn't expand its Medicaid program to poor, uninsured adults — an optional provision of the Affordable Care Act. But low-income parents here are increasingly getting covered by the joint state-federal insurer anyway — through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

The state program, known as TANF, is funded by a federal block grant, and intended to provide cash assistance to Texans who are unemployed and under-employed and their families. But it also makes those who qualify for the financial help eligible for health insurance through Medicaid, which primarily covers children and people with ...

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