The health care bill, HB 3791 by Zerwas, was supposed to be up for a vote Friday, but has been moved back to probably Tuesday or Wednesday. We could use your help making telephone calls, sending faxes and inviting others to do the same!
Texas Impact is supporting HB 3791, and we need your calls and/or faxes. This bill would still provide health insurance for about 1 million Texans between 100-133% of federal poverty level. But it is NOT Medicaid Expansion--it uses private insurance. We wanted Medicaid Expansion but we will take a "Texas Solution" as long as it insures the folks who need it.
We hope that you will make the case that:
Our faith traditions believe it is a moral imperative to care for the least of these by funding insurance for the working poor.
It makes financial sense and would help local taxpayers and businesses (as evidenced by the Counties and Businesses getting on board).
We need their leadership to get this done. Try to ask where they stand on the issue and pass that along to us. We are hoping that statesmanlike leaders will put Texans first.
On April 16, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget Transparency and Reform heard HB 3376 by Turner and HB 3791 by Zerwas, Texas' health insurance access bills. HB 3376 would expand access to health insurance by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act; HB 3791 would implement a "Texas Solution" designed to cover low-income Texans through private insurance.
Witnesses included retired Bishop Joel N. Martinez of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
Watch all the testimony
Texas lawmakers must decide this year whether to extend Medicaid health insurance to low-income adults in our state. It’s not just their biggest choice this year...it’s the biggest choice they’ve made in decades.
Legislators have filed nearly two-dozen bills relating to extending Medicaid to low-income adults!
Call the Lt. Governor and Speaker to let them know you support extending Medicaid health insurance to low-income adults.
Ask that they refer all bills quickly and press for speedy hearings!
Call Lt. Governor David Dewhurst: 1-888-520-1588 or 210-826-7973
Call Speaker Joe Straus: 1-888-522-8749 or 512-463-0001
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