Uninsured Rate falling in Texas, would fall faster with Medicaid expansion

Uninsured Rate falling in Texas, would fall faster with Medicaid expansion

Were you aware of the fact that Texas has largest uninsured population in the nation? A recent US Census Bureau report has said that uninsured rate is falling, but its speed would increase if Medicaid is expanded.

Advocates of Medicaid expansion have been asking for the expansion, but experts said advocates are not paying attention to the research that shows that Medicaid patients have poor health outcomes and the growth of the program’s cost is not sustainable.

It is being considered that it is high time now that the Medicaid program should be reformed in order to improve access to quality health care. It has happened for the first time in Texas history that owing to significant high Medicaid costs, more has been spent on health care than on education.

As per a data, Medicaid is now responsible for 23% of general revenue appropriations in the current budget. Now, the problem is if Texas expands Medicaid and does not receive sufficient funds than state costs will continue to increase. Similar thing happened in Ohio and many other states where the actual expansion cost has increased the projected amount.

There is a solution to solve the problem and that is the Texas Medicaid Reform Model. In it, the state will receive a lump sum of federal funds and more flexibility over the program.

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