Posts Tagged - ‘Texas’

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Texas Medicaid Health Insurance in Danger

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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Across the country, states are struggling to balance their budgets. (Unlike the federal government, they don’t have the luxury of running a deficit.) This generally requires some combination of raising revenue through taxes and cutting spending programs.

The Republicans that triumphed in the midterm elections are adamant about only using the former. In Texas, they are even considering cutting the affordable health insurance program for the poor, Medicaid. Although the program itself is largely run by the federal government, state governments contribute.

According to supporters of the withdrawal, Texas would launch its own health plan for the impoverished. Many aren’t holding their breath. There is also speculation that the proposal is at least partially intended to spite the Obama administration in Washington for getting involved in individual Texas health insurance matters.

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Hard Working Americans Without Health Insurance

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Nurses, Teachers, Librarians, and other Americans whose efforts keep the community flowing– that is the face of uninsured. More and more middle class Americans are finding themselves without health insurance today.

An article in the Dallas News shows how those numbers are increasing. Between 2000 and 2008 uninsured middle-income Texans – families earning between $48,000 and $85,000 – grew 40 percent, from 1.22 million to 1.71 million, according to data that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is releasing today.

Many of these individuals were once offered affordable health insurance through their employers. But as premiums increased many companies imposed the additional costs onto employees. Often times, workers dropped their coverage because they couldn’t afford it.

The more serious predicament occurs when the insured fall ill. Medical bills for treatment leave people in financial ruins and even worse many are refused adequate healthcare when they don’t have medical insurance. As a result, thousands of Americans die every year due to a lack of health insurance.

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