Texas' Republican leadership is adamant that Texas will not expand Medicaid, a major tenet of federal health reform. A report by the state's former deputy comptroller and former chief revenue estimator suggests that would be short-sighted.
WASHINGTON — Some of the nation's most prominent Republican governors have moved to embrace a key feature of President Obama 's healthcare law, providing a significant boost to the administration and highlighting a fissure inside the GOP on an...
Texas Medical Association's insight:
At its 2013 statewide Winter Conference, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees formally adopted a resolution calling upon the political leaders of Washington and Texas to immediately develop a bipartisan solution to reform and expand the state’s Medicaid program...
If Texas lawmakers decide to expand Medicaid, as called for in the federal Affordable Care Act, the spending, savings, enrollment growth and reduction in the number of uninsured residents are poised to be greater in Texas than in most other states. This interactive compares the expansion of Medicaid in each state using data from a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care think tank.
The Perryman Group, a Texas-based economic analysis firm, prepared this report.
While the Medicaid program has its problems, declining to expand involves substantial losses. These include foregoing economic activity, reducing federal matching funds, raising costs for uncompensated care, and continuing the ongoing economic losses stemming from inadequate health care for about 1.5 million indigent Texans.
In fact, State budget actually benefits from the expansion. In this issue, we take a look at both sides of the economic equations.
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