Report Outlines What Texas Stands to Gain by Taking Advantage of the Incentives in the American Rescue Plan

Washington, DC — Today, Protect Our Care is releasing a report outlining the benefits of Medicaid expansion in Texas as part of the GOP Medicaid Deniers Campaign, the latest in a series of reports including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. The report makes the case that Republicans like Gov. Greg Abbott should abandon their unpopular opposition to getting more people covered. With the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Republican lawmakers who have refused to expand Medicaid have another chance to do the right thing for their constituents. 

According to the report, nearly 1.7 million Texans could gain coverage and, even after paying for the cost of expansion, the state would receive an additional $1.93 billion in from the federal government thanks to the American Rescue Plan.

“Medicaid is vital for ensuring access to quality, affordable care, especially for communities of color, women, children, older adults, and rural Americans,” said Protect Our Care Communications Director Anne Shoup. “This report shows it’s time for Texas Republicans to stop playing politics with their constituents’ health. Texas ranks last in the nation for coverage, with the highest uninsured population in the country. By refusing to expand Medicaid in their state, Texas Republican lawmakers are denying insurance to their most vulnerable populations as we continue to battle the pandemic — it’s almost criminal. The American Rescue Plan gives holdout states yet another opportunity to do the right thing. If they refuse, they can expect to be held accountable.”

Read the new report on Texas.

Read the previous reports on Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.