Tribpedia: Federal Health Reform And Texas

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.

One thing all sides could agree on: The implications of ...

State Gets Federal OK to Boost Medicaid Payments

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.

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.

 

 

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. 

Kathleen Sebelius discusses Healthcare.gov with Kat Richards and Mark Sullivan who just used the site to sign up
Kathleen Sebelius discusses Healthcare.gov with Kat Richards and Mark Sullivan who just used the site to sign up

Sebelius Faults Texas Leaders for Politicizing Health Law

In Austin to highlight insurance enrollment efforts under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged problems with the online marketplace and criticized some Texas leaders' efforts to block the law.

A patient at The People's Community Clinic pays her bill as the cashier’s desk.  The Community Health Assistance Program, a program that helps Texans get access to insurance, will run out of federal grant money in a few weeks.
A patient at The People's Community Clinic pays her bill as the cashier’s desk. The Community Health Assistance Program, a program that helps Texans get access to insurance, will run out of federal grant money in a few weeks.

Texas Prepares to Shutter High-Risk Insurance Pool

Texas' high-risk insurance pool for some of the state’s sickest residents will close at the end of the year. Participants will have to find coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act. And patient advocates are getting the word out so the residents don't experience a lapse in coverage.

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.

Advocates Target Latinos in ACA Enrollment Outreach

Latinos account for nearly two-thirds of the more than 6 million Texans without health insurance. Advocates are developing community-based strategies to ensure that Latinos understand the insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act.

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.

Marketplace Launches With High Expectations, Hiccups

The much-anticipated launch of the federal health insurance marketplace — intended to help Texans find health coverage to comply with the Affordable Care Act — got off to a rocky start on Tuesday. Despite early technical difficulties, proponents of the law remain optmistic.