Texas Medicaid Matters a Success!
Thank you to all who joined our massive rally and march for Texas Medicaid Tuesday! The event was a major success, with news coverage that reached Texans in every corner of the state. Our message about how our state needs to protect and expand Medicaid so Texans can have the health care they need was shared widely on social media, too. We're pleased to share this blog post from MomsRising's Texas-based fellow Charlie Rose, who was at this at the event. Find more pictures from the rally on our Facebook page.
Yesterday, I joined with thousands of other Texans to march on the Capitol and send the message that Texas Medicaid Matters. The march, rally and legislative visits organized with Texas Well and Healthy brought together people from all over Texas to share what Medicaid health coverage means – or would mean – to their families and our state.
Texas lawmakers are deciding right now whether the state will accept billions of dollars in federal funds that would allow 1.5 million currently uninsured Texans to have health coverage they need. The Medicaid expansion that would make this possible would also bring Texas an estimated $6 billion of annual economic benefit and many health care jobs.
The Texas Legislature and the Governor are dragging their feet on accepting the expansion, even as neighboring governors in Florida, New Mexico, and Arizona are deciding that expanding Medicaid is the right thing to do.
The message from constituents was clear. Medicaid saves lives. Having the highest number of uninsured children is wrong. And expanding Medicaid is a moral imperative. (With the perk of being great for the economy!)
To urge Texas legislators to step off the sidelines and take action to expand health coverage, add your name to MomsRising’s open letter to legislators now: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/TXMedicaidEx
Here are some photos from the march and rally.