White House Highlights Health Law’s Positive Effect on Texas

The White House is trying to highlight how the Affordable Care Act is going to benefit Texans — now that 2014 has begun.

In a conference call, White House officials pushed back against Texas politicians who have opposed the new health law.

The call drew attention to Texans who are happy with their new plans that started January 1.

Lucy Horne of Sealy is one of them. She used HealthCare.gov to find a new plan.

“For the first time it was so easy to shop for insurance because I could see them all on the screen side-by-side, the premiums, the deductibles and the co-pays. And I couldn’t do that on my own before.”

Previously, Horne had trouble finding an affordable plan because she has pre-existing conditions.

She has a bulging disk, heartburn, and she takes an anti-anxiety medication.

Her new coverage costs less.

“And I found a plan where I’m going to save $2,300 a year just on my premiums. And my deductible will drop from $7500 a year to $3,000 a year.”

Some Democratic Texas officials joined the White House conference call, like Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

“The large number of uninsured here in Texas hits the wallets of every Texan. Texas hospitals provide over $5 billion a year in uncompensated care. Texans pay for this through local property taxes, increased premium costs, and higher medical costs.”

Jenkins and other Democrats want Texas to join other states that have expanded Medicaid to more adults under the law. 

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Carrie Feibel

Health & Science Reporter

Carrie Feibel is KUHF's health and science reporter. She comes to Houston Public Radio after ten years as a print reporter...