WHY TEXAS SHOULD EXPAND MEDICAID

Many people cheered when state Sen. Jane Nelson, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, indicated an interest in looking for ways to accept the billions of dollars available to the state to expand Medicaid to cover 1.5 million uninsured Texans. Hospitals, counties, chambers of commerce, and advocacy groups have been urging the state to seize this opportunity because of the health and economic benefits. A trove of data has been produced by state agencies, think tanks and researchers that builds a persuasive case for expansion. Health policy scholar Elena Marks put together a handy guide to the data in the Baker Institute Blog.