Health Care for Low Income Texans

Coalitions and Resources

News:

  • Texas Tribune; Trib + Health  Trib+Health is a newsletter published every two weeks by The Texas Tribune and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Trib+Health includes the top news, events, research, data and other features on health care in Texas, as well as relevant issues across the region and nation.

Resources

  • Cover Texas Now  Cover Texas Now is a coalition of consumer and faith-based organizations that desire to see the state of Texas implement a sustainable health care system and provide quality affordable health coverage to its citizens. Learn more about what the problem is in Texas, solutions to the problem, which agencies are involved, and how to get involved!
  • My Texas, My Health  A statewide program created by the Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) to inform Texans about their various health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act through the use of Certified Application Counselors.
  • Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Our mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society.
  • Texas Forward  We're a coalition of organizations that believes Texans deserve strong, safe, and healthy communities, and the opportunity to realize their full potential.
  • Texas Impact  Texas Impact is a statewide religious grassroots network whose members include individuals, congregations, and governing bodies of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Texas Impact exists to advance state public policies that are consistent with universally held social principles of the Abrahamic traditions.
  • Doctors for Change Doctors for Change became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2007 and now serves as an educational resource and as a forum through which health care providers and others in the community can advocate for better health care in Houston/Harris County.

Position LWV-TX

HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE OF LESSER MEANS/CHILD HEALTH CARE + 1986, 1995, 2009, 2010

The League of Women Voters of Texas supports a basic level of health care for the medically indigent.

The League believes that all persons whose incomes fall below the federal poverty guidelines are most at risk of medical indigence and should be eligible for basic health care services. Special attention should be given to children of low-income families and to persons of low income who are elderly, pregnant, or mentally ill.

It is the responsibility of individuals to pay for their own health care to the best of their ability. For those unable to pay, health care services and programs for the medically indigent are the responsibility of various levels of government.

The League of Women Voters believes the following services constitute the basic level of health care for the medically indigent:

      • maternal and child care
      • emergency care
      • primary care
      • preventive care
      • care for the mentally ill
      • care for catastrophic illness
      • nutrition
      • substance abuse treatment
      • health education
      • long-term care
      • care for persons with disabilities

The League believes that all health care facilities, both public and private, have a responsibility to serve the medically indigent and should be accessible to those in need.

Positions LWV-US

HEALTH CARE

Support programs and policies that will ensure availability of a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost to all U.S. residents, equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care.

For more on the WV US Health Care Position and History 

Issue Studies and Explanation

Health Care for Those of Lesser Means/Child Health Care League delegates to the 1985 state Convention adopted a study of Health Care for the Medically Indigent (HCMI), focusing on eligibility, providers, funding, services, alternatives, and the role of state government. The LWVUS Health Care position, adopted in 1993, also calls for a basic level of quality health care that is affordable to all residents. (For more information on the LWVUS Health Care position and on relevant LWV-TX advocacy efforts, see Social Policy section of National Program at the end of this publication.

The HCMI position was reviewed during the 1993-1995 Periodic Program Review process. The PPR Committee recommended an editorial change and a substantive change in wording; the recommended substantive change was deletion of a phrase which listed several government levels as being responsible for indigent health care services. The committee's rationale was that the listing was not all-inclusive and that the phrase, "various levels of government," without specifying which levels, would give Leagues more options for local advocacy efforts. The PPR Committee's recommendations were approved, and the updated position is printed above.