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Texas’ ACA Signups Almost Match Last Year’s Enrollment

AUSTIN – With the help of a coalition of consumer and faith-based groups, 1.1 million Texans have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2018.

The Cover Texas Now coalition stepped in after the Trump administration eliminated most of the funds for signup assistance and cut the open enrollment period in half.

Bee Moorhead, director of the faith-based group Impact Texas, says groups like hers, which is part of the coalition, helped people overcome many of the roadblocks to obtain subsidized coverage in the federal marketplace.

“It really is a pretty big project and so, it’s pretty impressive for Texans that, even with such a short enrollment period, we were able to come so close to matching last year’s enrollment numbers,” she states.

About 1.3 million Texans enrolled last year.

Though this year’s deadline was Dec. 15, people in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey have until Sunday, Dec. 31, to enroll, so Moorhead says final numbers could be higher.

Nationwide, almost 9 million people signed up in the 39 states that use the federal marketplace.

Numbers are still pending for states that manage their own programs.

While she is proud that the two-dozen groups in the Cover Texas Now coalition were able to boost coverage, Moorhead says she doesn’t want the government to think it can always count on private sector volunteers.

“Going forward, we need to have an understanding that the job of the faith community is to build community and to be a connector for people to the public institutions that are there to serve them, not to displace those institutions,” she states.

And despite the enrollment numbers, she says Texas in 2018 will continue to have the highest rate of uninsured people in the country.

“It is heartbreaking to the faith communities in the state that so many Texans don’t get the health care they need because they don’t have health insurance,” she says. “We’ve been the worst state since they started keeping data about it.”

Moorhead adds people needing marketplace coverage will continue to face uncertainty, as Congressional Republicans have vowed to continue efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Author: Mark Richardson – Texas News Service

NM Group Slams Obamacare Replacement Bill Ahead of Senate Debate

ALBUQUERQUE – Senate GOP leaders won’t return to Washington, D. C., until Monday to renew debate on the replacement for Obamacare. That hasn’t stopped opponents of the proposed bill from protesting, in New Mexico and cities across the country.

In Albuquerque last week, Bill Jordan with New Mexico Voices for Children – the group’s senior policy advisor and government relations officer – joined Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., at an outdoor news conference at the University of New Mexico.

According to Jordan, 300,000 New Mexico children now rely on Medicaid for health care because the state has been very successful in implementing Obamacare.

“We’ve done better than almost any state,” Jordan told the crowd, “and this bill would hurt us more than almost any other state.”

New Mexico is one of eight states with a “trigger” law to automatically undo the Obamacare Medicaid expansion if there’s any reduction in federal financial support. In order to shoulder a larger share of health-care costs for low-income residents, Jordan said the state would need to implement substantial tax increases or slash other essential state services.

He pointed out that New Mexico’s Medicaid services have already been trimmed due to the state’s 2017 budget woes. So, while other, wealthier states might be able to pick up some Medicaid costs to offset the loss of federal dollars, New Mexico isn’t one of them.

As he put it, “These are kids whose families have no other option for health care. There is nothing else. There is no other payer source.”

Jordan added that more than 70 percent of births reported in the state are paid for by Medicaid.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated nationwide, 22 million more Americans would be without insurance in 10 years if the Senate bill is passed in its current form.

Author:  Roz Brown -Public News Service (NM)

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