Two-thirds of those surveyed feel Texas isn’t doing enough to ensure access to care

A new survey released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation, found that over two-thirds of Texans surveyed feel that the state is not doing enough to ensure access to health care for low-income adults. The survey sought to determine Texans’ views on health care in light of the fact that as the second most populous state in the nation Texas also has the highest percentage of uninsured.

One reason the uninsured rate is so high is that Texas did not participate in the expansion of Medicaid enabled by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The number of uninsured is likely to continue to climb if Texas’ law suit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act succeeds.

The survey also found that despite feeling that Texas isn’t doing enough to promote health care access, half of Texans don’t know that the state chose not to expand Medicaid. Additionally, despite Texas’s reputation as disfavoring federal government involvement in individual’s lives, 64 percent actually favor expanding Medicaid coverage.

In comments to the Houston Chronicle about the survey results, Elena Marks, president and CEO of Episcopal Health Foundation said they show that it’s time for Texas legislators to step up with a plan.

“Medicaid expansion is one mechanism to increase access but not the only one. The public is telling state leaders that they have an important role to play. People are saying: solve the problem.”