734,000 Texans Sign-Up for Health Care Despite Perry, Abbott
This is a win.
734,000 Texans have enrolled through the federal health care exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act - a whopping 105,000 more than was originally projected!
Among the highlights of those who signed up:
- 55% are women
- 30% are age 18-34 -- slightly higher than the national rate of 28%
- 439,000 signed up after March 1, a huge spike from the 295,000 that signed up prior to March 1
- 84% used financial assistance
Stacey Pogue of the Center for Public Policy Priorities talked about the historic feat:
Texas has made more progress on affordable health insurance in the last six months than in the last decade,” said Stacey Pogue, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a member of the Texas Well and Healthy coalition. “Nonetheless, when we look at other states that took an ‘all hands on deck approach’ to helping people enroll, we know that Texas could do much more. Texas needs to get serious about making sure families have the insurance they need to stay healthy and financially stable. Too many Texans are still one illness or one accident away from going bankrupt.”