When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 21, 2010, the reaction from Texas leaders of all political persuasions was swift, varied and impassioned — no surprise, given the sweeping scope of the new law.
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Use this interactive, which contains 2013 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, to compare the rates of uninsured Texans in each of the state's metropolitan statistical areas. The direct impact of the federal Affordable Care Act remains to be seen, as insurance plans purchased through the ACA marketplace did not go into effect until January 2014.Full Story
Texas continues to rank as the state with the highest rate of residents without health insurance, with 22.1 percent of the population lacking coverage, according to early U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday.Full Story
In three of Texas' most populous counties, organizers are working to use Hispanic support of affordable health care to spur a movement they think could change the state’s electoral tide. Republicans suggest the issue ranks far behind unemployment and the economy — areas where they say their policies have the market cornered.
The increasing number of urgent care centers in Texas is proving problematic for hospitals, which say they are competing with the clinics for the same pool of insured Texans at a time when they are also getting less money to cover the cost of treating uninsured patients.Full Story
Immigrants who purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace could lose their coverage next month if they cannot verify their citizenship records, highlighting the challenges of signing up individuals who have recently become U.S. citizens or residents.Full Story
The future of federal subsidies for Texans who buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act is unclear after two courts issued opposite rulings about eligibility for assistance on Tuesday.Full Story
Texas conservatives hailed a Monday Supreme Court ruling on contraceptive insurance coverage as a victory for religious liberty, while reproductive-rights activists decried it as an invitation for employers to interfere with women’s access to birth control.Full Story
Dozens of Texas hospitals that receive Medicare dollars will likely be penalized for their rates of complications and infections during inpatient stays, part of the federal government's recent effort to improve the quality of hospital care. Use our interactive map to see those hospitals and their ratings.
Texas' Republican leaders made sure the state didn't expand its Medicaid program to poor, uninsured adults under 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.
In a year when immigration issues have figured prominently in primary elections, the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll finds voters — particularly conservative voters — taking a hard line. A majority would support immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants.Full Story
Texans who received financial assistance to purchase health coverage through the federal insurance exchange are paying less in monthly premiums than individuals in most other states using that online marketplace, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
State officials expect to enroll thousands of young adults who were formerly in foster care in extended Medicaid coverage under a little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act. But locating and enrolling eligible former foster youth — for which each state is responsible — could prove challenging.Full Story
Total Texas enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act more than doubled in the month leading up to the deadline, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Full Story
While the rate of uninsured adults in Texas has fallen slightly since the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplace, a new report finds most of that change was attributable to an increase in employer-sponsored health coverage here, rather than new sign-ups in the marketplace.Full Story
While efforts are underway at both the state and federal level to decrease Texas' sky-high rate of residents without health coverage, Texas is seeing an increase in primary care practitioners who are no longer accepting any forms of insurance.Full Story
Health reform advocates in Texas say they will continue to focus on enrolling individuals in the federal health insurance marketplace by the original Monday deadline despite an extension for certain applications that was announced this week.Full Story
Texans have received $591 million in premium subsidies to help pay for health insurance through the federal marketplace, but they have left millions of dollars in additional funding on the table, according to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation.Full Story
As ACA enrollment figures lag behind expected totals, health reform advocates are running a final blitz to enroll uninsured Texans in the federal marketplace ahead of the March 31 deadline. Critics say the lagging enrollment will continue because of the costs of the marketplace's plans.Full Story
Obamacare advocates are working to mobilize young adults to sign up for insurance through the federal marketplace ahead of the March 31 deadline for open enrollment. But with sign-ups among 18- to 34-year-olds lagging behind expectations nationally, pro-reform groups are targeting Texas in an effort to up their numbers.Full Story