Fort Bend County not on side of Governor’s Medicaid standoff
Fort Bend County Commissioners recently voted unanimously to adopt a resolution in support of the full expansion of Medicaid coverage. The resolution endorses the expansion of Medicaid coverage to all Texas U.S. citizen adults living at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level, in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare. Others across the state have been urging the same thing.
Governor Rick Perry and the state legislature will be determining whether to accept expansion of the government health insurance program for the poor. He reportedly declared last week that he would not take federal funds for the program expansion amounting to an estimated $100 billion dollars over the next 20 years as part of the Affordable Care Act. The resolution by commissioners court states that the federal government would cover the entire cost of expanding Medicaid for participating states during the first three years and would pay no less than 90 percent of the total cost thereafter. It also states that during 2014 – 2017, expansion would bring $27.2 billion in federal revenue to Texas in return for a $3.1 billion state investment.
Some argue, “like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is already here,” and all anybody really would want is access to health care for all. “Covering the uninsured means better insurance value for all Texans with private health insurance,” reads the locally adopted resolution intended to serve a public purpose.