In Texas, Thousands of Kids Lose Medicaid Coverage Each Month

The Texas Observer

It’s becoming a familiar scene across Texas: a parent brings her child to the doctor for a checkup. She signs in at the front desk. Only then does she learn that her child has been kicked off her health insurance—a casualty of missing paperwork and hoops she didn’t know existed. Next comes the awful decision: Pay out of pocket or delay the appointment, skipping critical care like vaccinations against measles, which is seeing a resurgence in Texas and around the country.

Eleven percent of Texas kids were uninsured in 2018, more than double the national rate. And the numbers are getting worse. A recent report from Georgetown University found that the rate of uninsured kids nationwide increased for a second consecutive year in 2018, after several years of decline that were due at least in part to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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