HHS Secretary Talks Health Care Overhaul in Texas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DALLAS (AP) U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is visiting Texas to describe how the federal health care overhaul would work at the grassroots level.

Sebelius on Thursday joins Dallas and Dallas County officials and community activists to discuss how best to inform communities on the Affordable Care Act.

The measure originally required all states to enroll citizens making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level in Medicaid, the joint state-federal health care program for the poor and disabled. But Gov. Rick Perry has rejected all proposals to expand Medicaid, a system he calls broken.

That means those who can't afford health insurance could turn to subsidized private coverage in a federally run Texas marketplace.

Sebelius visited Houston and Austin last month to address the new law.

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