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Homeless in Texas

Abbott says the homeless need mental health care. Advocates say Medicaid expansion would help.

Abbott has long opposed extending state-funded health coverage to 1.5 million Texans under the Affordable Care Act. But a spokesman for the governor did not rule out a possible coverage expansion under a new Trump administration block grant policy.

Susan Peake lives at the state-run homeless encampment off of U.S. Highway 183 in Austin. Feb 25, 2020.

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Pill bottles inside of Susan Peakes tent at the state-run homeless encampment off of U.S. Highway 183 on Feb. 25, 2020.
Susan Peake lives at the state-run homeless encampment off of U.S. Highway 183 in Austin. Feb 25, 2020.

“We could have better health care”

Mouse lives at the state-run homeless encampment off of U.S. Highway 183 in Austin on Feb. 25, 2020.

Choosing health care or lunch

Tents at a homeless encampment on state-owned property in Austin on Feb. 25, 2020.

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