Who we are
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare is a priority in the minds of U.S. citizens. Texas is the state with the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S., beating entire countries such as Germany, Mexico, and Canada. The number of cases in Texas puts pressure on the 4.5 million people without health insurance who have the virus or are at risk for the virus.
On top of this, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is at risk of being repealed in Texas, the state with the worst rates of insurance coverage in the nation. This could mean a dire situation for those who not only lack coverage, but are also facing threats from coronavirus and other serious healthcare issues.
If you would like to support people at risk in the era of health emergencies, join the healthcare huddle today!
What we do
The healthcare huddle’s main focus this year is to improve the state of the healthcare system in Texas, a state ranked as the 4th worst healthcare provider in the United States. Joining us in this huddle would help us lead our state towards a better healthcare future after the 87th legislative session! We are currently focusing on three major agenda items:
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA): The ACA, also commonly known as Obamacare, is a plan that allows people to access a more affordable health insurance plan. With 4.5 million people without health insurance provisions in Texas, the implementation of the ACA would be beneficial to communities lacking these plans or workers whose companies (large firms) do not provide insurance. It is imperative that rulings to diminish the Affordable Care Act are rejected in order to support this agenda. The healthcare huddle plans to ensure the continuation of the ACA in Texas for citizens who need better low-cost healthcare plans.
- Medicaid expansion: Medicaid is a very important plan that allows low income families to gain free or low-cost healthcare coverage, going hand in hand with the aforementioned Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, Medicaid is expanded to Americans under 65 who are under a certain income bracket, thus facilitating more healthcare provision in marginalized and impoverished communities. The healthcare huddle plans to support this agenda by aiming to expand Medicaid, under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to counties around Texas that do not yet have these provisions.
- Menstrual equity: What is often overlooked as a serious healthcare issue is the issue of menstruation, more specifically the effects of policy on menstruators in marginalized or impoverished communities. The healthcare huddle plans to reduce period poverty in Texas by removing the tampon tax so that people who cannot afford the tax on period products may be able to have better access to them.
We are looking towards expanding our efforts to different agendas besides the ones mentioned, so if you would like us to tackle a specific issue, our huddle would be glad to consider it and take it up as a priority!
Bills to support/reject
Here is a list of bills that the healthcare huddle is planning to support or reject! These bills either fall under the three main huddle agendas or in similar areas. This list is what we are currently focusing on, but if you want to support or reject a bill you feel very passionately about in this space, we will try our best to include it in our plan of action for this session!
- HB 143 (Bernal) (support): Relating to the expansion of eligibility for Medicaid in certain counties under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- HB 131 (Bernal) (support): Relating to the creation of a Medicaid buy-in program for certain low-income individuals through the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- HB 321 (Howard) (support): Relating to a sales and use tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products.
Please join our huddle today and help make Texas a better healthcare state!