Tribpedia: Federal Health Reform And Texas

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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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Lindsay Berlanga, center, site manager for Cognazante, helps Melissa Villareal, right, and her mother, Hortensia Villareal, rear, with registration for the Affordable Care Act during assistance hours at Bibliotech, the new digital public library in San Antonio, Friday, January 17, 2014.
Lindsay Berlanga, center, site manager for Cognazante, helps Melissa Villareal, right, and her mother, Hortensia Villareal, rear, with registration for the Affordable Care Act during assistance hours at Bibliotech, the new digital public library in San Antonio, Friday, January 17, 2014.

Local Governments Pursue Obamacare Enrollment

Government officials and community-based organizations are working together to incorporate new rules, maximize their resources and educate uninsured Texans on how to take advantage of President Obama's signature health law. 

Democrats Argue Navigator Rules Politically Motivated

Democrats pushed the Texas Department of Insurance to justify proposed state rules on the federal navigator program at a hearing on Monday. They said the rules were politically motivated, and created excessive and unnecessary training requirements and registration fees that would impede navigators’ ability to help consumers gain health insurance coverage

Mental health Capitol day rally at Texas Capitol organized by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness on February 28th, 2013.
Mental health Capitol day rally at Texas Capitol organized by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness on February 28th, 2013.

New Year Brings Cautious Hope for Mental Health Care

For years Texas has lagged far behind other states in mental health care funding. Now, advocates see new cause for optimism in the unprecedented amount of funding state lawmakers dedicated to mental health services, and in federal health care reform's emphasis on mental health care.

Kenneth Flippin, left, and Jane Denson, right, of Enroll America at the home of Shelby Childress.
Kenneth Flippin, left, and Jane Denson, right, of Enroll America at the home of Shelby Childress.

In North Texas, ACA Navigators Under Scrutiny

Organizations charged with hiring "navigators" to help the uninsured buy coverage in the federal marketplace have come under fire, particularly in North Texas, over allegations of poor oversight and misdeeds. But the organizations argue that such fears have been overblown by Republicans seeking to discredit the president's signature health law. 

Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.
Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.

More Texans Purchase Health Plans in Online Marketplace

Texas has the second-highest number of people who have purchased health plans through the embattled online insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. But as a percentage of the uninsured in the state with the nation's worst rate of health coverage, the number of enrollees is tiny. 

Minister Freedom Gulley led a candlelight vigil in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston.
Minister Freedom Gulley led a candlelight vigil in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2013, in Houston.

Many HIV Patients Unable to Enjoy Expanded Coverage

Many HIV patients in Texas are ineligible for subsidies on the new federal health care exchange. Add the state's decision to not expand Medicaid to cover poor adults, and the bulk of those patients are missing out on expanded health coverage.

Yesenia Alvarado holds her daughter, Medicaid patient Melanie Almaraz, 2, while waiting to see Dr. Alberto Vasquez for treatment of a fever at the Su Clinica Familiar in Harlingen, Texas on Jul. 9, 2013.
Yesenia Alvarado holds her daughter, Medicaid patient Melanie Almaraz, 2, while waiting to see Dr. Alberto Vasquez for treatment of a fever at the Su Clinica Familiar in Harlingen, Texas on Jul. 9, 2013.

State Gets Federal OK to Boost Medicaid Payments

UPDATED: A year after Texas was slated to increase Medicaid payments to primary care physicians under the Affordable Care Act, the state has received federal approval to implement the change.

 

 

Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek
Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek

Janek Questions Temporary Fix for Insurance Marketplace

Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek raised concerns on Tuesday about a temporary process set up by the Obama administration to help transfer applications for Medicaid from the federal health insurance marketplace over to the state. 

 

Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.
Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.

Few Texans Have Found Health Coverage Through Obamacare

Fewer than 3,000 Texans successfully found private health insurance during the first month of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period to purchase a health plan through an online federal marketplace, according to enrollment figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Patients wait to be seen at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, on Nov. 8, 2010.
Patients wait to be seen at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, on Nov. 8, 2010.

In Texas, Groups Work to Help Uninsured Latinos

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In Texas, where Latinos make up a large portion of the uninsured, the federal insurance marketplace may only be part of the solution. On the ground, grassroots groups and even Spanish-language media are stepping up help Latinos find coverage.