Thursday, October 4, 2012

Potential Impact of Medicaid Expansion to Texas Counties

Gov. Rick Perry has said Texas would not expand its Medicaid program to insure more low-income Texans. The Texas Medical Association has also expressed serious concerns about expanding Medicaid without addressing its many current problems. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states could expand their Medicaid programs to cover all low-income adults earning up to 133 percent of poverty, or $14,856 for an individual. While most enrollees (75 percent) are pregnant women and children, they account for only about 40 percent of the program’s costs. Seniors and patients with disabilities make up the other 25 percent but account for 59 percent of the costs.

The Center for Public Policy Priorities compiled data to show what would happen in each of Texas’ 254 counties if the state did expand Medicaid. The data compare the number of uninsured Texans per county if the program was expanded. The report also estimates how much federal money counties could pull down from 2014 to 2017 to implement the expansion.

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