Health Care

There’s a media frenzy at the Capitol building surrounding one all-important document—The Budget.

This week, the Senate Finance Committee is taking an unprecedented early look at how the cuts will affect Article II, the Health and Human Services section of the state’s budget. Watch live Senate Committee hearings here.

Below is a list of articles from various sources around the state on the cuts and the impact they could have to Texas’ children, indigent, and elderly.

On Wednesday, hundreds of national, state and local faith organizations showed their support for health care reform in a letter to Congress

The letter begins with the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from his sermon at Riverside Church in New York City, April 4, 1967:

"We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society."

The Affordable Care Act features changes that are being implemented slowly across several years. A number of important health provisions go into effect during 2011. An article from the Kaiser Family Foundation lays out 9 new health provisions to expect in the new year, with detailed background information for each. 

Kaiser Health News: Nine Ways the New Health Law May Affect You in 2011.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a long, complicated document that will cause real changes in the way that you and your family access and pay for health insurance. Texas Impact is committed to helping you understand the bill and making sure that you get the benefits available to you. Below is a list of PPACA provisions that go into effect in January, 2011.

Prescription Drug Discounts

Starting January 1, 2011, Seniors under Medicare Part D coverage will receive a 50 percent discount when purchasing Medicare covered brand-name prescription drugs. In 2020, the Medicare coverage gap will be closed, but until then, savings for seniors will slowly be phased in.

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