SB 6: Healthy Texas

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Stacey Pogue /(512) 320-0222 x 117

May 22, 2009

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Nearly 6 million Texans are uninsured, and premiums in Texas are growing ten times faster than our incomes. With only one-in-three small employers offering coverage, bolstering access to employer-sponsored coverage through small businesses is an essential step in covering the uninsured. Because previous efforts to increase access for small employers have had limited success, we need bold, innovative steps like SB 6. Healthy Texas can put private health insurance coverage within reach of many uninsured Texans working for small employers by addressing the primary barrier to coverage—the high cost of premiums—using an innovative public-private partnership. SB 6 passed out of the House Insurance committee and is waiting to be set on the House calendar.