REMINDER: Not Expanding Medicaid Can Cost Local Taxpayers-
In Harris County, where Houston is located, residents pay more than $500 million a year in real estate taxes for uncompensated care at its public hospitals. - Ann Harris Bennett
From the article:
The survey results, unveiled Wednesday at the annual Medical World Americas convention in Houston, show the public at odds with the state's Republican leadership, which has steadfastly refused to consider such an expansion, calling it wasteful and a bad solution.
"I understand people in Austin have been reluctant, but I believe what this survey demonstrates is that people want something done to improve access," said Dr. Arthur "Tim" Garson, director of the Health Policy Institute. "People are looking for help and their choice seems to be Medicaid expansion. A uniquely Texas solution would be best, but we have to do something."
The findings further resonate in a state that continues to lead the nation in the number of uninsured. Texas remains one of 19 states that has chosen not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
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