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Texans Continue To Seek Health Insurance Through The Affordable Care Act

In the latest enrollment period, more than a million Texans signed up for health insurance through the ACA, despite renewed efforts to repeal it.

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Texans continue to seek health insurance through the Affordable Care Act even as President Donald Trump has renewed his goal to do away with the law.

In the latest enrollment period, more than a million Texans signed up for health insurance through the ACA. And more than seven in ten of them had done so before, according to analysis from the Episcopal Health Foundation.

Federal funds to programs designed to help consumers sign up for ACA coverage have been cut, a move EHF says led to a slight decline in enrollment for the 2019 period. That comes as the state remains one of 14 that have not expanded Medicaid through the law, which would provide further funds for low-income Texans to sign up for health insurance.

In their latest opinion poll, EHF found 59 percent of Texans said state government is not doing enough to help low-income adults access health care.

In the audio above, Elena Marks, the president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, joins Houston Matters to talk health insurance and the Trump administration’s latest plans for the ACA.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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