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Texas House Democrats lay out healthcare priorities for next session



Texas House Democrats lay out healthcare priorities for next session

Garnet F. Coleman Faced with the impacts of the global pandemic, Democratic state legislators announced their healthcare priorities for the next legislative session while also taking the opportunity to highlight what they viewed as failures by state officials when it came to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Texas House Democratic Caucus’ healthcare working group held a discussion Wednesday to present what they planned to focus on during the 2021 legislative session when it came to healthcare needs for the state.

For state Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act remained the top priority.

“That’s something we all should focus on because it makes the most difference to Texas,” Coleman said.

State Rep. John H. Bucy III, D-Austin, shared that sentiment.

“It’s a no-brainer, win-win, for the people of this state,” Bucy said. “It’s an issue that we talk about, we’ve been fighting for forever but it continues to be undermined for partinsanship by the other side.”Bucy noted that approximately 1.5 million Texans would receive health coverage if they passed Medicaid expansion and added that taxes paid to the federal government would be returned to the state.“We’re talking about bringing our tax dollars back, $110 billion would come back to […]

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