Texas is ill served by the decision to opt out of the Medicaid Expansion Program in light of the fact that our state has six million uninsured citizens. Participation in the Medicaid Expansion Program would have reduced that number by about one-half.
Only last week the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality issued a report that showed Texas ranked lowest in the nation in health care services and delivery—not an enviable position.
Had Texas chosen to participate in the expanded program additional state funding would be required but more than 60 percent of the additional cost would be picked up by the federal government.
What this decision means is that the uninsured will continue to go to hospital emergency rooms, where, by law, they cannot be turned away, increasing the burden on our already troubled charity hospitals and passing the cost on to local taxpayers.
Texas and Texans deserve better.
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