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What Do Texans Want? Medicaid, According To This Survey

Maternal mortality and mental health are also top concerns

Just about two-thirds of Texans say the state government is not doing enough to make sure low-income adults have access to health care, according to a new statewide survey released Thursday by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Kaiser Family Foundation.

While Texas, a state that has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country, chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, support remains high for the expansion of state health services.

"It seems that the public in Texas wants the legislature to do something," said Dr. Tim Garson, who heads the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute.

Garson said the survey released by the Episcopal Health Foundation points to an interesting trend in Texas: growing support for expanding Medicaid.

"The last time that anyone thought about it, it was a democratic administration in the White House, and this is a very different administration," Garson said, noting changes in national politics may have opened up room for the conversation, even if expanding the program may still be a ways off.

Other top concerns that Texans report in the survey — expanding mental health services and lowering maternal mortality— tend to be more popular among Texas lawmakers, Garson said.

Read the survey results below: