Texas is failing Texans. And the working poor are falling into the coverage gap - even dying - as a result.
Texas has one of the highest rates of residents without health insurance in the nation; prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, Texas ranked 46th nationally in access to health care. Thirty-one percent of adults and 15 percent of children were without health insurance coverage.
The ACA initially mandated that states expand Medicaid, with the federal government paying the lion's share of the cost, $100 billion over 10 years, to cover those who might not qualify for coverage under the act. The U.S.