RELEASE: Senate proposal would burden disadvantaged Texans and property taxpayers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2015
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Texas Impact

Senate proposal would burden disadvantaged Texans and property taxpayers

AUSTIN—In response to Lt. Governor Patrick and Sen. Schwertner's letter asking federal officials for flexibility to increase burdens on current Texas Medicaid recipients, Texas Impact issued the following statement:

"Texas faith communities have a deep, historic commitment to our state’s healthcare system. Many of our hospitals retain their denominational names to this day.

We are dismayed that the Senate leadership would propose to ratchet down its already minimal support for the least of our brothers and sisters, thereby exacerbating the already onerous unfunded mandates the Legislature places on local jurisdictions.

Texans today pay twice for our uninsured. We send income tax dollars to Washington D.C.—dollars that the federal government intends to send back to cover uninsured Texans, but which state leaders have steadfastly refused. 

Because lawmakers refuse to accept the repatriation of our income taxes, Texans must pay for charity care at local hospitals through property taxes. In fact, a 2013 report by former Deputy Comptroller Billy Hamilton estimated that hospital district taxpayers absorb more than $2 billion in local health care costs. Senate leaders have indicated that property tax relief is a priority—but the fastest way to reduce local property taxes would be to draw down available federal funds to provide health insurance for low-income Texans.

Instead, Senate leaders seem to be headed in the opposite direction. If legislators are successful in tightening restrictions for existing Medicaid recipients—who are almost exclusively children, the aged, and those with disabilities—they will only increase demands on local systems while making life harder for millions of our most challenged neighbors."

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New WCI and CPRI VISTA Positions Now Available

New VISTA Positions available with CPRI and the Welcoming Communities Initiative


Welcoming Communities Initiative (WCI) Community Engagement Specialist

Texas Impact is currently recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers interested in spearheading projects to help meet the needs of a growing population of unaccompanied minor immigrants in Texas, including providing support to the caregivers of this vulnerable population.

As part of this effort, the Welcoming Communities Initiative (WCI) hopes to establish and support a network of community and faith-based organizations already engaged in addressing humanitarian crises, and the current crisis of unaccompanied minors in Texas in particular.  The AmeriCorps VISTA WCI Community Engagement Specialist will identify unmet needs of vulnerable populations, bring leaders of differing religious traditions together, and establish protocols, materials, and processes for assistance.

CPRI Faith Community Conference Call February 27

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for our February Community Partner Faith Discussion, a monthly conference call where we share information, stories and best practices among congregations helping their neighbors get access to food and health care through Texas' Community Partner Recruitment Initiative.

Date: Friday, February 27
Time: 11:00AM to Noon
Dial-in: (712) 432-3066, Conference Code: 424548

We look forward to visiting with you on the call and hope you will invite people you know who might be interested.

Scott Atnip
Texas Impact Congregational Outreach Director
scott@texasimpact.org
(512) 472-3903 (Office)
(281) 728-4593 (Cell)

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