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Core Materials

Listed here are basic materials to help you learn about the coverage gap and begin a conversation on health coverage in your community.


1. Defending the Current Medicaid Program in Texas

2016 Cover Texas Now publication titled, "Defending the Current Medicaid Program in Texas." 


2. Put on the Brakes, Congress! The Damage in Texas if Congress Repeals the Affordable Care Act without an Immediate Response

In the first U.S. Senate debate and vote to set Congress on a repeal pathway, numerous Senators cautioned—including a number of Republican officials—that an ACA repeal without replacement is not an option. Agreeing on a replacement plan, they argued, will likely take time. Without naming every benefit of the ACA to Texans, this document helps explain why a full repeal would create human, budgetary, and political catastrophe for the country.

3. Community Catalyst: Block Grants and Per Capita Fact Sheet

The president-elect and members of Congress have proposed enacting massive changes to the Medicaid program that would permanently alter the structure and financing of the program and could effectively end the guarantee of Medicaid coverage for all those who qualify. These changes undermine the cornerstone of our health care safety net and will have devastating impacts on the ability of low-income populations to access health care services.


4. Kaiser Family Foundation: 5 Key Questions: Medicaid Block Grants & Per Capita Caps

The president-elect and members of Congress have proposed enacting massive changes to the Medicaid program that would permanently alter the structure and financing of the program and could effectively end the guarantee of Medicaid coverage for all those who qualify. These changes undermine the cornerstone of our health care safety net and will have devastating impacts on the ability of low-income populations to access health care services.


5. Kaiser Health News: Everything You Need To Know About Block Grants — The Heart Of GOP’s Medicaid Plans

The president-elect and members of Congress have proposed enacting massive changes to the Medicaid program that would permanently alter the structure and financing of the program and could effectively end the guarantee of Medicaid coverage for all those who qualify. These changes undermine the cornerstone of our health care safety net and will have devastating impacts on the ability of low-income populations to access health care services.


6. Urban Institute: Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation: Coverage Implications for Texas Residents

Congress is currently considering partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. These fact sheets examine how a reconciliation bill similar to one vetoed in January 2016 would affect health care coverage for nonelderly adults and children in each state. These estimates supplement two Health Policy Center reports: Implications of Partial Appeal of the ACA through Reconciliation (Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, and John Holahan) and Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation: Coverage Implications for Parents and Children (Matthew Buettgens, Genevieve M. Kenney, and Clare Pan.)


7. Families USA: Defending Health Care in 2017: What Is at Stake for Texas

With a new president and Congress, the health care gains made throughout the last six years face their greatest threat yet. Congress has voted more than 60 times to roll back the historic progress that has been made to expand health coverage to millions of people in this country and to improve coverage for those who already had it. These proposed changes will put the health—and lives—of countless Texans at risk.


8. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Frequently Asked Questions About Medicaid

Debates over health reform’s Medicaid expansion and proposals to radically restructure Medicaid, such as by converting it to a block grant or imposing a per capita cap on federal funding, have raised a number of questions about the program.  This report addresses some of the most important.


9. Community Catalyst: Block Grants and Per Capita Caps Would Dismantle Medicaid as We Know It

The president-elect and members of Congress have proposed enacting massive changes to the Medicaid program that would permanently alter the structure and financing of the program and could effectively end the guarantee of Medicaid coverage for all those who qualify. These changes undermine the cornerstone of our health care safety net and will have devastating impacts on the ability of low-income populations to access health care services.