“Patients First: The Uninsured” highlights new solutions to provide affordable healthcare for millions of uninsured Texans. It addresses a common misconception that the majority of people without insurance lie in the so-called ‘coverage gap.’ Research shows in Texas those is the gap make up a small percentage of the uninsured. Instead, the vast majority of the uninsured are those who have access to low- or no-cost insurance but choose not to take it.
Several solutions to addressing the problems of the uninsured passed with bipartisan support during the most recent Texas legislative session.
The new options for the uninsured represent a significantly better solution than expanding a poorly-performing program like Medicaid, which already does not serve current recipients well and would result in crowding out low-income women and children and the disabled from access.