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Texas Groups: Texans Will Lose Big if Health Care Repealed

As Congress prepares to vote to repeal the federal health reform law this afternoon, Cover Texas Now, a coalition of consumer and faith-based organizations, reminds state lawmakers of  the high cost of repeal and the opportunity we have to make health care more secure for Texans.

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Health Care Repeal Would Have Costly Consequences for Texas Consumers and Small Businesses

Consumers and small businesses in Texas will face significantly higher insurance premiums and could see costly coverage denials and price discrimination if efforts to repeal the federal health care law prevail in Congress or in the courts, according to The Cost of Repeal: Examining the Impact on Texas of Repealing the New Federal Health Care Law, a new report released today by TexPIRG.

Report | TexPIRG | Health Care

The Cost of Repeal

On March 23, 2010, after a long congressional debate, President Barack Obama signed into law comprehensive federal health care reform legislation, known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA. But the enactment of the law did not end the debate. This year, Texas’ elected officials will face their own choices regarding proposals to repeal or roll back existing law. This report examines the costs and benefits of repeal for the taxpayers, consumers, and businesses of our state.

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Health Care Suit Threatens to Burden Consumers with Higher Costs

 

 

 

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the opening of oral arguments today on McCollum v. DHHS, the lawsuit brought by state attorneys generals and governors against the new federal health care law. If this lawsuit were to eventually succeed in stripping out individual responsibility from the new health care law, consumers will be the ultimate losers.

 

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Virginia Ruling Would Cost Consumers if Affirmed by Higher Courts

 

 

Judge Henry Hudson’s ruling today is simply bad for consumers- in Virginia or any other state.  If higher courts affirm Hudson’s ruling, Americans with insurance would be left with more than $1000 a year in higher insurance premiums because too many of those without coverage will continue to use the Emergency Room as their primary care. 

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Young People Now Covered

This year, the federal health care reforms that TexPIRG worked to win have started to pay off for young people. In the past, teens saw their premiums soar or were denied coverage when they turned 19, even if they’d been insured their whole lives. Now, they can remain on their parents’ plans until age 26. 

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Health Law to Deliver Coverage For 161,000 Young Adults in Texas

Austin– A provision of the new federal health care law that goes into effect today allowing parents to keep children on their health insurance plan until age 26 will benefit 161,000 young people, according to consumer group Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG).

Report | TexPIRG | Health Care

Delivering on the Promise

The recently passed federal health care reform law will make significant changes in how health insurance and health care work for consumers, businesses, and local and state governments, as well as how insurers and providers operate.  But whether Americans experience improved care, lower costs and greater access depends largely on what happens next. This guide has been written to assist state policymakers and advocates as they engage with the numerous issues and opportunities presented by the new law.

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Implementing National Health Care Reform

The new federal health care reform law puts state leaders in the driver’s seat, according to a new report by consumer advocacy group Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG).  Delivering on the Promise shows how state policy makers can implement and improve on the law to ensure it offers the best deal to consumers.

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The Perfect Venue for the Health Care Bill Signing

By holding today's signing ceremony at a community college, President Obama could not have picked a more fitting venue. It's not just because the legislation he has signed over the past week will double Pell grants and allow those under 26 years old to stay on their parent's insurance.

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