Recommendations for Healthy Texas

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Stacey Pogue /(512) 320-0222 x 117

December 9, 2008

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With nearly 6 million Texans lacking health insurance coverage and the cost of coverage growing ten times faster than incomes, Texas needs to take bold steps to confront issues with access to health coverage. Healthy Texas has the potential to put private health insurance coverage within reach of many uninsured Texans by addressing the primary barrier to coverage—the high cost of premiums—using public-private partnerships. The overall goals of Healthy Texas are commendable, but the ultimate value of the program will depend upon key policy decisions, many that have yet to be made.