Texas lawmakers to discuss alternatives to Medicaid expansion

August 13, 2014

A legislative committee in Texas is examining market-based alternatives to providing low-income residents with healthcare since the state has rejected the expansion of Medicaid. Members of the state Senate HHS committee plan to discuss alternatives to the ACA. Some ideas include expanding Medicaid block grants and waivers. Lawmakers are seeking to hold health costs in-check while improving access to care. Texas has the nation's highest rate of uninsured residents. A recent White House report found that Medicaid expansion would have covered an additional 1.2 million Texans by 2016.