Earlier this week, my colleague, Karen Love, participated in the Women’s Health Tour in Houston, Texas. Karen specifically was addressing solving fragmented funding for women’s health care, which is a major step towards solving Texas health care challenges. Following is a note from Karen with graphics and a link to video excerpts from her presentation.
Karen Love, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Partnerships: It was inspiring to be surrounded by state legislators who understand the need for women’s health care reform in Texas. The Texas uninsured rate, at 24%, is higher than that of any other state (see post). The quality of women’s health care would improve if the services were streamlined through Medicaid expansion.
Currently, women’s health care in Texas is very fragmented – multiple programs provide different services, each with different eligibility and funding requirements (see HHS Women’s Health Programs). Due to the current, fragmented system it is difficult for women to receive consistent and comprehensive health care. Expanding Medicaid coverage and streamlining the process would improve accessibility and affordability. The quality of care would increase, the network of providers would be broadened, paperwork would be reduced, and administrative costs would decrease.
Expanding Medicaid not only improves women’s health outcomes, it saves money, creates jobs and favorably impacts our economy. Beyond the focus on women’s health, expanding Medicaid for all eligible Texans will improve health outcomes across the board for men, women, and children, and create even greater cost savings from a healthier population.
Click here to view excerpts from Karen’s speech about solving fragmented funding for women’s health care – a major step towards solving Texas health care.
Karen H. Love, MHA, joined Community Health Choice, Inc. in 2012, as Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Partnerships, after serving as the founding Executive Director of the Harris County Healthcare Alliance. Karen leads Community’s planning for new programs and initiatives, including its participation in the Health Insurance Marketplace and its Community Benefits Program. During her leadership of the Alliance, the organization achieved major progress in addressing a fragmented healthcare delivery system and improving access to care for the area’s estimated 1.5 million uninsured and medically underserved. Named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women in 2009 by Houston Woman Magazine, Karen joins us today to bring greater attention to solving the challenges in our healthcare system.