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It’s your health

The Dallas Examiner | 3/20/2014, 2:50 p.m.
As the March 31 deadline approaches to enroll in health insurance, there are still thousands of Dallas County residents that ...
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We have an opportunity now that we are getting ready to elect new state legislators. We need to let them know they serve the people of Texas.

During the last of The Dallas Examiner’s Monday Night Politics – Meet the Candidates forum, Judge Clay Jenkins explained that Texas Medicaid covers up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level which includes pregnant women, children and some adults in Dallas County. The Medicaid Expansion would increase the coverage to 138 percent and cover 133,000 more people in the county who currently have no health insurance. It would add $1.4 million in a day in health coverage to our hospitals and provide over $100 million annually in additional economic benefits to the county and our local economy.

Basically, this means that under the current system, a full-time employee who makes minimum wage makes too much money to receive assistance through Medicaid. The expansion would cover those 133,000 residents in that economic category.

Jenkins pointed out that the expansion would provide insurance to an additional 3 million residents, while boosting the Texas economy $270 billion within the next 10 years.

It is our right to receive sufficient health care and health coverage, and our responsibility to ensure that it is available to those who need it most, for the sake of ourselves, our community and generations to come.

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