2022 HEALTH CARE EDITION
would make 223,700 more people eli- gible in Harris County and result in 167,500 new enrollments. Expansion in Harris County would come at a cost of $949.9 million to the federal govern- ment and $105.5 million to Texas. Ahead of the next legislative session, which will kick o in January, several local representatives said Medicaid is top of mind. Those opposed to expan- sion said Texas would still be on the hook for about $500 million in pro- gram costs and questioned the eects it would have on improving health care outcomes in the state. “Medicaid expansion ... does not necessarily equal expanded access to care,” Republican state Rep. Cody Vasut said. “Many providers in Texas do not accept new Medicaid patients.” Even if Medicaid is not expanded, Democratic state Rep. Ann Johnson said there are things that can be done to improve the system. “We should be taking care of the most vulnerable in our state,” she said.
COST OF EXPANSION To date, 12 U.S. states have not adopted Medicaid expansion, including Texas. Researchers with Texas A&M University calculated what the cost would be to the state and the federal government to expand in each Texas county.
Expanded Medicaid Has not expanded Medicaid
MEDICAID ENROLLMENT PER 100,000 PEOPLE
NEW YORK 35,809
Enrollment: 881,253* WITH STATE EXPANSION
New eligibility: 223,700 New enrollment predicted: 167,500 WITH STATE EXPANSION Cost to federal government: $949.9M
Cost to Texas: $105.5M
*AS OF AUGUST 2021 SOURCES: U.S. CENSUS, KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
three, a Texas resident must have an income at 16% of the federal poverty level, according to KFF. As a result, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured individuals of all states, according to the KFF. Nationally, about 8.6% of people are uninsured,
compared to 17.5% in Texas. In the ve ZIP codes that make up the Bellaire, Meyerland and West Uni- versity area—77005, 77025, 77030, 77096 and 77401—the percentage of people who are uninsured ranged from 1.9%-16.1%, according to the 2020 U.S.
census. Meanwhile, the percentage of people enrolled in Medicaid ranged from 14.6%-27.9%. Researchers with Texas A&M Univer- sity released a study into the economic eects of Medicaid expansion in 2019. The study found expanding Medicaid
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BELLAIRE MEYERLAND WEST UNIVERSITY EDITION • JUNE 2022
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