Six County Judges Call on Lege to Close Health Coverage Gap

Leaders of six of the state's largest counties -- ranging from Harris County's Republican Judge Emmett to Dallas County's Democratic Judge Jenkins -- have joined together to call on state leaders to find a "uniquely Texas solution" to covering uninsured low-wage workers. Their letter came out as legislators met to discuss alternatives to Medicaid expansion and urged the legislature to find a "uniquely Texas solution" to ensure that low-wage workers have an affordable health insurance option. They noted that uncompensated care in Texas currently costs more than $4 billion per year. Judge Emmet has said, “healthcare defines us a society. Leaving people without healthcare is not good for them, our community, or our society.”

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