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We are proud sponsors of this year's Texas Tribune Festival. Below is more information about two of the panels we are sponsoring - one on the Affordable Care Act, and the other on women's health.
11:10am Panel - "Texas vs. Obamacare"
Twenty-four chambers of commerce, dozens of health care associations and organizations, and county judges in each of Texas' six largest counties support closing the gap. Once Medicaid is expanded in Texas, one million people currently caught in the "coverage gap" - those who get paid too little to qualify for subsidies but cannot qualify for Medicaid - will have insurance. Local taxpayers could save up to $4.3 billion a year in reduce uncompensated care costs with expanded Medicaid. But first, Texas needs to have an honest conversation about health care.
3:05pm panel: “The Women’s Health Debate”
Last session, the Texas legislature passed one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country, House Bill 2. According to a June 2013 bipartisan poll, an overwhelming majority—74%—of Texas voters believe personal, private medical decisions about whether to have an abortion should be made by a woman, her family, and doctor, not by politicians. HB2 was designed, not to protect the health and safety of Texas women, but to close abortion clinics, and if the final provision goes into effect, only five Texas cities will have abortion facilities.
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