“Code Red” Highlights Texas’ Uninsured Crisis

A statewide system of regional multi-county health districts that offer Texas' uninsured residents access to adequate levels of health care should replace the current county-based system, according to a report by a task force of 10 state medical schools. 

Read the report.

Twenty-five percent of the Texas population does not have health insurance, more than 10 percent higher than the national average of 14.7 percent, according to the report.

Also among the group's recommendations is that the state should develop and adopt tax policies and initiatives that encourage and enable employers, especially small businesses, to provide health insurance to their workers.

Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Texas A&M Health Science Center, University of North Texas Health Science Center and the six University of Texas System health institutions created and funded the task force to study the issues and develop recommendations for how to address the crisis. The group included employees of small and large businesses, health professionals, insurers, and consumers.

Published in: on April 28, 2006 at 6:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

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