New official numbers on health insurance enrollment show a strong increase in the number of Texans who are now insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Read more about Obamacare Numbers Continue to Improve, Despite Republicans
Ed. Note: the following is Part 4 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer.
A technicality couldn't take down the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that 8 million Americans, and 1.5 million Texans will keep access to affordable health insurance. Read more about SCOTUS 2015: Health Care Survives
Texas Republicans have blocked two legislative proposals they said were necessary in order to consider expanding health care.
Here's what happened, in three simple steps: Read more about Texas GOP Block Proposal They Said Was Necessary for Medicaid Expansion
While Texas Republicans focus on tax cuts for big business, 10 rural and small-city hospitals have shut down - in part - because the state refuses to accept Medicaid expansion funds. Read more about Republican Refusal of Medicaid Funds May Cause Hospital Closures
More than 1.2 million Texans now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, demonstrating a high demand in Texas for quality, affordable health coverage. This comes in sharp contrast to a bewildering claim made last week by former Governor Rick Perry who said that Texans want a large number of uninsured.
The latest enrollment period, which closed last week, ended with Texas enrolling and re-enrolling more of its citizens than any state except Florida. Overall, the state's uninsured rate dropped slightly to 22-24%, depending on which group's numbers you follow. Read more about Affordable Care Act Helps 1.2 million Texans - But State Still Has Nation's Worst Coverage Rate
Last week, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health released an excellent policy agenda that outlines forward-looking policies and priorities that the Texas Legislature should enact to "end the current healthcare crisis in Texas and restore access to critical reproductive health care services for millions of Latinas."