- This is what Texans need, and this is what Texans want.
- We would have less sickness, fewer kids going to school sick, fewer workers going to work sick because everyone could get the care they need, and the prescriptions to keep them healthy.
- Thus in turn making a healthier city and state.
People ask me all the time, how can you fund the things that you want to pass and how would you get the bill to be heard, passed, etc.. when you’re elected to the Texas House. Only about three or four things I am campaigning for have to be funded, the others are common sense laws that need to be amended.
Let’s break down the issues and what I want to see happen, and the way I would get there. Remember, this is not set policy, as all wants and needs change within the state, and I have to work with other House members and Senate to get anything passed. So this means, that even though it may be a bad idea, or it may be a great idea, other house members may include rewritten policy, or recommendations to make the bill better. Together we can achieve what Texas needs.
Most important, Healthcare. 1st issue I will cover, in this multi-part informational Blog
I keep campaigning every day about Expanded Medicaid in Texas and/or low-cost insurance. We as Texans need access to health care, the unemployed, the low income, the employed, the single parents, couples, families, EVERYONE!
Recently in West Texas, a Personal friend of mine had to go to the urgent care center to get a note for his employer because he had the flu. He had gotten the flu shot the previous month but still got sick with the flu, which happens. In Odessa it is hard to book a same day doctor appointment, so he went to an urgent care center. He expected a higher cost, but he was not realizing how much they would charge, especially $897 for a visit just to say, yes you have the flu, and here is a note for your employer. Luckily he had insurance through work, but you know what his bill was after insurance, $347. He works all week, gets paid weekly, gets sick, and to keep his job has to get a note from a doctor stating he is sick to avoid losing his job. Only to have to spend that week’s paycheck all to the urgent care center, leaving him with no money to pay other living expenses.
Another Person, took her daughter to the doctor to just confirm she had the flu and didn’t need antibiotics for an infection, no treatment, no medicine, etc, They charged before insurance $500. After her insurance paid, The bill still was $200. The same woman had to take her daughter earlier in the year to the ER because she couldn’t breathe, was in the ER for 30 minutes, and they gave her a Steroid powder, which cost $9 in a breathing treatment, and they Charged after insurance paid $1300 for an emergency with insurance paying.
This happened in every town, every city in Texas, the problem is, no matter if a person has insurance, either through an employer, through private pay, the co-pay associated with treatments are too expensive for most households in Texas. This is why the majority of the people, who don’t have insurance, and those even who do, never go to a doctor, or hospital, this is why they go to work sick, with the flu or whatever they have; because even if they do have insurance, they don’t have enough money to pay the co-pays.
While other do not have access to insurance, because either their employer do not carry insurance, or the person can’t afford the premiums, because of the high cost for insurance, and the pay they receive, they make a choice, either get insurance or forget rent, etc. forget necessary living expense to get insurance at a minimum wage job, even if you don’t work a minimum wage job, some of the insurance premiums are too expensive for anyone to afford.
This is why we need to work with clinics, hospitals, Insurance providers and get to an answer, how can we make sure that every person can get insurance at a low affordable rate. how can we work with these places to get lower co-pays, etc?
And then we can also get Expanded Medicaid to cover low-income families, children, adults, and single parents. Maybe even have Medicaid as a supplement policy to the insurance they carry to cover the cost of the co-pays.
We need to get a system in place for everyone to get insurance, get access to healthcare, and access to prescriptions.
While we are on the subject of prescription, we also need to set caps for everyday necessary medicine for life-threatening conditions, like insulin, supplies, and antibiotics, and needed and necessary prescriptions for anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc. We need to work with Pharma, to set a cap on the price of these life-saving medicines.
Also if Texas expands Medicaid in the state, We would get federal funding from the US for this expanded Medicaid. While this wouldn’t cover all the costs, this would help. We have other ways to fund the other expenses not covered. We also would save thousands of taxpayers money by expanding Medicaid, thus, in turn, allowing more money to go to the state for the Expanded Medicaid. Without insurance, People use the ER as a doctor, with many never paying the bill because they cannot afford it, this, in turn, cost the hospital district money, thus resulting in collections, etc.. and Finally, in turn, the hospital district raising the taxes for the county residents to recoup funds not collected for their budget.
With insurance for everyone, Expanded Medicaid, low-cost insurance, low co-pays, taxes would stay lower, and in turn, the citizens would have more money.
We would have less Sickness, fewer kids going to school sick, fewer workers going to work sick because everyone could get the care they need, and the prescriptions to keep them healthy. Thus in turn making a healthier city and state.
Rep. John Bucy III introduced a Medicaid expansion bill in the 86th session, which got voted down by our current incumbents. with a lot of support, but Republican reps in my district and neighboring districts were enough to kill this bill. I would work with Rep. John Bucy III to help redraw this bill so everyone could agree on it, and get it passed in the 87th.
This is what Texans Needs, and this is what Texans want. Let’s keep out children and our people of Texas healthy and safe, let’s start by giving them the medical care they need and deserve.