Texas is the 40th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
The bad news:
The best and worst category rankings for Texas:
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Texas, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Texas Health Insurance Risk Pool
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Texas started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Texas's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Texas Medicaid Program — The State and Federal cooperative venture that provides medical coverage to eligible needy persons.
Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program — Sfamilies with uninsured children may be eligible for health coverage through Medicaid and the Texas CHIP. Includes regular checkups and dental care.
Texas Health Options — A resource by the Texas Department of Insurance to help Texans find health insurance coverage.
Texas Department of Insurance — The health care section of the Department’s Web site, with consumer information and more.
San Antonio Healthcare-Now Coalition — An affiliate of the national Healthcare-Now organization, works to achieve universal access to affordable healthcare.
Health Care For All Texas — A grassroots coalition that believes health care is a human right and that every person in the state of Texas deserves access to high-quality health care at an affordable cost.
Texas Voice for Health Reform — A project of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, aims to inform and mobilize all Texans on the national debate on health care reform.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Texas.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Texas -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Texas.
Why health care reform is important to Texas -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Texas.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Texas -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Texas.
Texas mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Texas -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $187 per family in 2012.
09/20/2012 9:09 PM
The Texas Tribune — According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 5.8 million Texans — almost 25% of the population — don’t have health insurance. A study by the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University estimates that 3 million people could gain coverage if the state implemented the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
08/17/2012 2:08 PM
The provision in the Affordable Care Act requiring insurance companies to spend a minimum of 80 percent of health insurance premium dollars on health care, or return the excess to consumers, is putting lots of money back into the Texas economy. Nearly $167 million was returned to Texans, most to those who buy health care in the individual market. And it’s just one of several provisions of the ACA which appear to be helping slow the overall rate of health cost inflation.
07/30/2012 1:07 PM
CNN Money - Texas Governor Rick Perry says he won’t expand Medicaid eligibility under the health reform law because he wants to spare taxpayers billions of dollars. But many Texas taxpayers are already shouldering the burden of the state’s uninsured through higher property taxes and heftier health insurance premiums.
Read more Texas health insurance news
Health insurance companies in Texas.
Get health insurance quotes for these companies.
Find licensed physicians near you. Each state is home to organizations that can help you find and research physicians, offering online information about a physician's license, schooling, practice information and more.Texas Licensee Search
Texas could lose if important protections are undone.