Houston Chronicle Takes Stance in Support of Texas-Style Health Care Reform

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I am honored to have had the opportunity to sit down with the Houston Chronicle editorial board last week and talk with them about Texas-style health care reform and the need for the Medicaid expansion here in Texas. Today, they released an editorial piece in support of a “middle way” plan. I and my colleagues at the Texas Association of Community Based Health Plans (TACHP), whom I worked diligently with to create a Texas-specific health care reform plan, support the Chronicle’s statement that the “objective is to hit the sweet spot that Texans will like and federal authorities will approve.”

The Chronicle concludes its editorial by saying, “As the March 8 deadline for filing bills in the Texas Legislature approaches, Community Health Choice is working to gather lawmakers’ and business and health care community leaders’ support for its plan. Its detailed proposal offers an informed, nuts and bolts approach to a difficult and expensive problem that is not going away. It’s a thoughtful beginning that offers sensible solutions to a difficult problem.”

That is our objective, and we thank every person in Austin and around the state of Texas who is taking the time to meet with us and contribute to a middle way forward for Texas-style health care. A huge thank you also goes out to our TACHP partners: Community First Health Plans in San Antonio, Cook Children’s Health Plan in Fort Worth, Driscoll Children’s Health Plan in Corpus Christi, El Paso First Health Plans in El Paso, FirstCare Health Plans in Lubbock, Parkland Community Health Plan in Dallas, Scott & White Health Plan in Temple/Waco, Sendero Health Plans in Austin, and Texas Children’s Health Plan in Houston

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