Texas faces long-standing challenges to optimal health, including the nation’s highest uninsured rates, and steep financial and systemic barriers for those who have insurance. We seek public policy changes to make affordable, comprehensive care and financial security from medical debt a reality for all Texans. We answer challenges to foundational health care programs—Medicaid, CHIP, women’s health, immigrants’ access to care, and private health coverage under the ACA.
Our work does not end with health insurance coverage. The opportunity for good health begins in our families, neighborhoods, schools and jobs. Every Texan should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background. Improving drivers of health outcomes at the community and regional level — like economic stability, education, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context — requires advances and innovations in state and federal policy.