End Healthcare Inequality in Texas

With the a 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Texas is creating a new kind of segregation in health care.

Target: Governor of Texas, Gregg Abott

Goal: Expand Texas healthcare coverage and Medicaid spending to help uninsured minority access proper care.

Today, 30 percent of Hispanic-Americans and 16 percent of African-Americans are medically uninsured in Texas, compared to 10 percent of white Texans. The passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was supposed to bring more coverage to all Americans who were living in poverty, but Texan minorities have taken a bigger loss because the state did not expand Medicaid and is separating care options. The result of the separation of the classes is preventing many families from regularly scheduled doctor visits and effecting the lives of all Texans.

Fifty-three years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, a new type of segregation appears in the healthcare system. Today, over 1 million Texans are having difficulty finding healthcare options due to their household income being too high to qualify.

The problem is that most of the residents in the ACA marketplace are still being quoted full price for Medicare. A family of three qualifies for $320 a month if their total income falls below $20,000. The majority of these residents are Hispanic and African American. The state’s refusal to increase Medicaid coverage has affected entire communities because all Texans absorb the costs of the uninsured from unpaid medical bills to hospital closures.

Additionally, the closure of urgent care clinics is creating scarcity for medical treatment for the uninsured Texans. Unfortunately, community clinics are the last hope for many of them. Three in every four uninsured residents are people of color who are not able to access treatment for preventative care and are usually treated when their symptoms have worsened.

Texas’ health care system will continue to worsen and affect the lives of more Texans without the expansion of Medicaid. Uninsured people will continue to lose out on preventative care and are less likely to be seen by health physicians due to the scarcity of community clinics leading to higher mortality rates. Sign the petition below to make sure racial disparities with the healthcare system end with the increase of Medicaid expansion.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Greg Abott,

Over 1 million Texans are medically uninsured today due to the resistance of increasing Medicaid coverage. Thirty percent of the uninsured Texans are Hispanic, 16 percent are African American and 10 percent are white.

The passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was supposed to bring more coverage to all Americans who were living in poverty, but Texan minorities have taken a bigger loss because the state did not expand Medicaid and is separating care options. Currently, three of every four residents who do not qualify for coverage are people of color. Minorities are being quoted full priced coverage prices and I fear that racial separation is causing a gap in proper healthcare.

I urge you to take action in the expansion of Medicaid and do everything in your power to help give access to Texans state-wide in order to create a constructive healthcare system.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Walter Albertin

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