A huge night for health care! So what's next?
While you're sorting through the ups and downs of the election results, we want to make sure you know that last night was a huge success for health care.
Voters in Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska approved ballot measures to expand Medicaid to cover uninsured low-wage adults while Maine and Kansas elected governors who are expected to pass Medicaid expansion.
And in numerous races for the Texas Legislature, Congress, and state houses across the country, voters made clear that health care is a priority, voting for pro-health care candidates and against candidates that have opposed health care.
With the Democrats taking control of the U.S. House, legislation to slash Medicaid or end coverage for pre-existing conditions should be stopped dead in its tracks, but we still have a lot of work to do.
So what comes next?
First, let's celebrate the Medicaid expansion victories — and tell our Texas leaders that we should be the next state to step up:
Second, the Trump administration can still take action to threaten health care, as they're doing with their proposed "public charge" immigration rule. You have until December 10th to send your comments to the administration to try to protect prenatal care, health coverage for kids, and much more.
Third, after the Trump administration slashed the budget for healthcare.gov outreach, it's up to the rest of us to get the word out that the deadline to sign up for 2019 insurance is December 15th. Local groups are standing by around the state to help Texans sign up for insurance and get financial assistance to reduce their costs.
We'll be in touch with you soon about these and other health care threats and opportunities.
But in the meantime, we encourage you to celebrate the health care progress that we witnessed last night — and then get ready to keep fighting!