Perry Goes Against Medicaid Expansion, State Looking At Alternatives

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

You can now add Texas to the list of states that won't be putting ObamaCare into place right away. Governor Rick Perry announced this morning that he will not execute a major part of the Affordable Care Act which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court.

"The Medicaid program is broken. It is already costing states tremendous amounts of money,” said Perry.

The Republican governor is going against the president's idea to expand Medicaid, which is basically free insurance for those who qualify.

"They basically are saying you have two options---our way or our way,” said Perry.

Under ObamaCare, it's an option for states to choose whether or not they want to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults who make $2,116 a month for a family of three.

So what does this mean?

For the more than 19,000 people under Medicaid in Brazos County, it mean nothing will change.

The hundreds of people in Brazos County who are uninsured and might have qualified under the expansion of Medicare, won't get Medicaid coverage in Texas.

We spoke with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that administers Medicaid in the state.

"It's not that there isn't enough money in the system, it is that we need to find better ways to address it. I think we are doing some of that in Texas,” said Stephanie Goodman with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

One of the ways is by working with hospitals in the state to redirect Medicaid funding to expand healthcare.

"Keeping additional clinics open or expanding hours or maybe an outreach program to identify people with mental health issues who may be cycling in and out of the emergency room. Provide them with care so they don't get to the emergency room,” said Goodman.

The GOP governors in Louisiana, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida have also rejected implementing the law.

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