Before a person can count to three, Rick Perry has decided to encourage some of the folks in the Lone Star State to enjoy the benefits of the Affordable Health Care Act. In fact, it will be required.
In 1998, Texas opened a high-risk pool to help people with pre-existing conditions find some type of health coverage.
This program is now unnecessary by the passage of Obamacare.
In official language:
The state has deemed the high-risk pool obsolete, as the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies participating in the federal marketplace, which launched on Oct. 1, from denying coverage to Texans with pre-existing conditions. Gov. Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 1367 in June, scheduling the pool’s abolishment.
The pool will close Jan. 1, and the 23,000 people currently participating in the pool must sign up for coverage on the insurance exchange by Dec. 15 or find coverage elsewhere to avoid a lapse in care.
Governor Perry, if folks remember, campaigned for President on this issue and was vocal in opposition to Obamacare. He advocated defunding the program that his state is now relying on.
But hey, he is leaving office. Certainly Governor Wendy Davis will enjoy the many benefits of expanding health coverage and finding ways to help those with pre-existing conditions, situations that might have reached coverage ceiling or allowing parents to keep adult children on their policies for a few years longer.
As well as help the more than one million Texans that need health insurance.
Perry isn’t exactly consistent on this issue, as you’ll see in the video below: