Maintain funding and expand coverage
September 25, 2020 testimony for House Human Services Committee
As the rates of unemployed and uninsured Texans rise across the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical for state leaders to both fund safety net healthcare services and to reduce the number of uninsured Texans to ensure that our health and economy recover. For the reasons outlined below, Every Body Texas urges the Texas Legislature to maintain funding levels for Healthy Texas Women and the Family Planning Program during the 87th Legislature, and to work with HHSC and key stakeholders to address outstanding women’s health program implementation issues. We support policies that will help reduce the high uninsured rate among Texas adults, including extending Medicaid coverage for new moms from 60 days to one year postpartum and accepting federal Medicaid funding to offer insurance to low-income adults in Texas. We also support maintaining flexibility for telehealth and telemedicine services, allowing clients to safely access care from their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially increasing access to care across Texas longer-term.
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