SB 6: Healthy Texas: Testimony to the House Insurance Committee

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Stacey Pogue /(512) 320-0222 x 117

May 5, 2009

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The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) appreciates this opportunity to testify on SB 6, which will create the Healthy Texas program. With nearly 6 million Texans lacking health insurance coverage and the cost of coverage growing ten times faster than incomes, Texas needs to take bolds 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 working for small employers by addressing the primary barrier to coverageâ€"the high cost of premiumsâ€"using a public-private partnership.