What Happened and What Work Remains? Texas Health Care and the 2011 Legislature

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Anne Dunkelberg /(512) 320-0222 x 102

February 16, 2012

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Providing affordable, quality health care for all is a tough challenge for our state and nation. Health care costs have grown far faster than inflation, and despite spending more than all other industrialized nations, nearly 50 million Americansâ€"one in four Texansâ€"lacks health coverage. Slowing health care cost growth depends on reforms to private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. This year, Texas’ health challenges were worsened by a deep revenue shortfall from the global recession and an outdated state tax system. Still, we are in a time of great possibility, with market reforms underway and expanded coverage in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health reform law.

This paper summarizes key developments in health care budget and policy arising from and related to the 2011 Legislative sessions, and where Texas stands with national health reform. Click below for the extended version.

Texas Health Care 2011 (Extended) (PDF)

This paper was underwritten by Methodist Healthcare Ministries.