Time Warner Cable News: College Students Call on Legislators to Ease Financial Burden

By LeAnn Wallace

“Students wanting legislators to stay committed to funding higher education while working to make tuition rates lower met with some of the state’s lawmakers at the Capitol Monday. Called the Young Invincibles, the group is happy with the headway state leaders made in funding higher education during the 2013 session, but concerned they’re getting cut short in current budget proposals in both the House and Senate, particularly when it comes to community college.” Read more here.

 

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Diverse Magazine: Analysis: Most U.S. States Failing on Higher Education Spending

By Ronald Roach

“With President Obama calling for state-based funding to help support the free community college tuition program he has recently proposed, states can be expected to face new scrutiny over declining funding that state higher education systems have experienced in recent decades. The plan seeks joint responsibility between states and the federal government in which the feds would provide 75 percent of the funds to send students to community colleges while the states would furnish the rest.” Read more here.

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Texas Tribune: Student Group Gives Texas a B+ on Higher Ed

By Ryan McCrimmon

When it comes to supporting higher education, Texas is good — but not great — according to a nonprofit group focused on economic opportunities for young adults. The national group, Young Invincibles, released report cards last week judging every state’s budgetary support for public higher education. It awarded Texas a B+, giving the state high marks for providing monetary aid to students and prioritizing education within the budget, and lower marks for the cost of college and the amount of money spent per student. Read more here.

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Jessica Adair: Expanding Coverage for Young Texans

Young Invincibles’ Digital Outreach Manager and Texas-native Jessica Adair writes for the Burnt Orange Report about today’s hearing in the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, addressing those who currently fall in the state’s “coverage gap”:

“Newly appointed Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Charles Schwertner, is holding a hearing at the Capitol today on the state of health insurance in Texas. This hearing will set the tone for what’s bound to be a long debate over how to cover millions of uninsured Texans, while managing the cost of health care. Here’s how we got here, and here’s what you should keep in mind.” Read more here.

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Tell Texas to Expand Medicaid to Millions

By Erin Hemlin

If you’ve ever met anyone from Texas, you already know that it’s the greatest state in the nation, and you’re not supposed to mess with it.

I’ve always been proud to be a native Texan; I spent my formative years in the sunny suburbs of Houston, cheering on the greatest second baseman of all time, and trying not to run my bike into the bayous. I spent my college years in booming Austin, where I swam in Barton Springs, and saw more live shows than some people do in a lifetime. It’s easy to see why Texas is the greatest state in the nation. We gave you Willie Nelson, Tex-Mex, and Beyoncé.

Yes, you’re welcome.

Texas is great, but Texas is also stubborn.

Despite having the highest uninsured rate in the country, Governor Rick Perry has refused to take steps to expand Medicaid to all low-income adults as originally intended under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

My family alone has, and will, greatly benefit from the provisions of the ACA. As a 25 year-old in graduate school, I was able to stay on my parent’s insurance for an extra year and save myself the cost of skimpy individual coverage.

My step-mom suffers from a pancreatic condition similar to pancreatitis, a pre-existing condition that drives up my parents’ premium, and could have seriously hindered her ability to get new coverage if she lost her insurance. The ACA will end that discrimination in just 7 months.

A critical part of the ACA, the Medicaid expansion, is still yet to come. And expanding Medicaid could mean great benefits for the rest of Texas too.

Members of the Austin community & health advocates listening to YI Health Care training.

Members of the Austin community & health advocates listening to YI Health Care training.

Here are some facts every Texan should know about Medicaid expansion:

  • It would allow up to 1,068,000 18-34 year olds in Texas to become eligible for Medicaid;
  • Nearly 2.5 million adults of all ages could be eligible;
  • The federal government will cover the costs of expansion through 2016;
  • After that date, the federal government will never pay less than 90% of the costs;
  • Not expanding in Texas could cost the state $90 billion in federal funding.

Expanding Medicaid is the right choice for Texas. If you agree, sign this petition by the Texas Well and Healthy Campaign to help show your support:

http://texaswellandhealthy.org/sign-on-in-support-of-the-medicaid-expansion/

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Texas Healthcare Facts

Click here to download the fact sheet.

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