Texas House Eying A Thursday Vote On Medicaid Expansion

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As the Texas House takes up the roughly $250 billion state budget on Thursday, Democrats will propose an amendment to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act — and they could have the votes for it to pass.

State leaders are facing heightened pressure to expand coverage through the joint state-federal program to more low-income Texans after the federal government this month rescinded approval for a waiver that delivers billions of dollars to a safety net program for uninsured Texans.

A bipartisan group of legislators urged their colleagues to consider bills that would expand Medicaid in a joint statement on Monday, the same day that 188 organizations and local governments from across the state submitted a letter to state leaders calling for the same.

“Texans cannot wait,” the letter reads. “Many continue to reel from the ongoing health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Extending coverage to them will clearly demonstrate Texas’ commitment to economic freedom and security.”