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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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.

 

Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, calls for the passage of SB 275 on April 2, 2013.  The bill increases felony charges for hit and run colissions.
Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, calls for the passage of SB 275 on April 2, 2013. The bill increases felony charges for hit and run colissions.

Some Fear Impact of State Rules on Health Navigators

The day before the launch of the federal health insurance marketplace, Democratic lawmakers alleged that Gov. Rick Perry ordered restrictive new rules on so-called "navigators" trained to help Texans find coverage to intentionally impede implementation of Obamacare. 

Cruz Speech May Not Have Lasting Effect on Cornyn

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Texas Sen. John Cornyn's decision not to “#StandWithCruz” during the junior senator's 21-hour speech this week raised a firestorm of criticism from the Tea Party grassroots. But political operatives say Cornyn’s balancing act is unlikely to cause lasting damage, even though the Tea Party has an outsized influence on Texas GOP primaries. 

Helen Hawkins, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, treats 13-month-old Kevin Gorostieta at Carousel Pediatrics in Austin on Nov. 8, 2012.
Helen Hawkins, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, treats 13-month-old Kevin Gorostieta at Carousel Pediatrics in Austin on Nov. 8, 2012.

Exchanges May Provide Relief to Families Seeking Coverage for Kids

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The new federal health care exchanges opening Oct. 1 could provide a safety net for the families who earn too much money to qualify for state and federally subsidized health care plans like Medicaid and CHIP.

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.

Feds Release Premium Rates for Insurance Marketplace

As the nation watched U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday argue for hours to defund Obamacare — even at the cost of shutting down the federal government — the Obama administration released preliminary data showing that premium rates in the health insurance marketplace created by the law will be comparatively low for Texans.